Dallas Symphony staff handle last-minute substitutions for cancellations in semi-staged “Eugene Onegin”

Posted on: April 1, 2022

“American mezzo-soprano Melody Wilson was in Vienna when she got the call from her agent. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra needed an Olga for semi-staged performances of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, after mezzo-soprano Deniz Uzun dropped out for personal reasons,” writes Tim Diovanni in Thursday’s (3/31) Dallas Morning News. “The concerts were set to start in less than a week…. Katie McGuinness, the DSO’s vice president of artistic operations, learned about the cancellation last Saturday…. Music director Fabio Luisi … will conduct all three performances this week and next. But the complications didn’t end there. Last Friday, the dance company slated to appear in the concerts backed out. McGuinness and Nathan Lutz, the DSO’s director of operations, asked around and were able to book three members of Dallas’ Pegasus Contemporary Dance. But director Alberto Triola wanted six dancers…. The orchestra’s stage manager then remembered that Human Resources coordinator Kyra McGuirk has a background in theater. McGuirk volunteered to help and recruited Adam Wallman, a marketing manager at the DSO, who also has theater experience. The final position was filled by an acting friend of McGuirk’s. The Pegasus dancers will perform choreography, and the three actors will make simple movements.”