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Wagner Society of Dallas

Red Carnations


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Wagner Society of Dallas

Invites you to attend
a performance of


An Opera
by Robert Baksa

Presented by
the Dallas Opera
Education Department

for Grades 4-12

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Date: Sunday, March 5, 2006

Place: Choral Room (off the atrium)
Owen Fine Arts Building
6100 Hillcrest
between Bishop and Hillcrest
Southern Methodist University - SMU

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The Wagner Society of Dallas will host a reception and provide refreshments after the performance. WSD members who attend are requested to bring a light snack to share. *

Red Carnations (for grades 5-12) is a one-act opera, composed by Robert Baksa. Based on a play by Glenn Hughes, Red Carnations was commissioned by Lincoln Center for the Metropolitan Opera Studio. It was the featured opera for the 2004 apprentice tours by the Santa Fe Opera Company. Cast for soprano, tenor, and baritone, Red Carnations tells the story of a young lady and young man who meet each other at a costume party. They arrange to meet again the next day at a park. Using red carnations for identification, the young lady decides to play a trick on the young man in order to ease her father's apprehension.

Red Carnations has been performed dozens of times as an introduction to opera for young people. The Minikin Opera of Maryland, which toured the piece for two seasons, called the work "a wonderful introduction to opera for all ages." The piece was originally composed for voices and piano but a version for chamber orchestra was premiered by the Orchestra of St. Luke's which created the Children's Free Opera of New York program to feature the work.  In the Spring of 2004 the work was the featured opera in the Santa Fe Opera apprentice tours. 

"Red Carnations" is scheduled as the touring opera in the Spring of 2006 in a program co-sponsored by the Dallas Opera and Southern Methodist University.

Please call 214-363-6070 if you plan to attend and bring a snack.

* SUGGESTIONS: Cheese and Crackers, Little Sandwiches, Chips and Dips, Paper Placte, Napkins, Plastic Glasses, Cookies, other sweets and nuts.

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Welcome to The Wagner Society of Dallas. You know, as Texans, we're bound to strive for being the biggest and best of all the Wagner groups in the world over.

My hope, in addition, is that we ensure your attendance and participation by offering an interesting, stimulating, and enjoyable array of meetings, recitals, and travel. Let us know if you have suggestions for future activities, and do make an effort to join in during the coming months with your membership, attendance, and above all joy of being with fellow Wagner aficionados.

Roger Carroll
President of the Wagner Society of Dallas

The Wagner Society of Dallas - Virginia R. Abdo and Dr. James T. Wheeler,

The Wagner Society of Dallas is devoted to furthering the enjoyment and appreciation of the music of Richard Wagner. The Dallas group is one of many Wagner Societies all over the world. It is a non-profit organization open to anyone who enjoys the works of Richard Wagner and who would like to participate in the Society’s activities.

The Wagner Society of Dallas has monthly meetings and programs which feature recitals, lectures, video screenings, receptions for opera singers and personalities, and trips to Wagner performances in other cities. We welcome music lovers who are already familiar with Wagner’s works as well as those who may want to become more knowledgeable about Wagner’s music.

Member Benefits include attendance at programs, our newsletter, discount on books and CD’s, advance notice of events and selected ticket services, receipt of the Membership Directory, ticket allotments to Bayreuth, and an active link with fellow Wagnerians throughout the world.


The Wagner Society of Dallas

PO Box 25201
Dallas, TX 75225-0201
(214) 363-6070

Virginia R. Abdo and
Dr. James T. Wheeler

email: WSD@

Digital Photos on this website, unless otherwise noted,
copyright Edward P. Flaspoehler, JR

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Many Wagner Society of Dallas members fondly remember Sheila Jones Harms, who was an active member of the organization, and who presented many interesting programs and recitals over the years.

Now, WSD member Ed Flaspoehler has completed his biography of Sheila, called The Cold War Soprano: Memoirs of a Singer-Spy.

If you are interested in opera and fine singing, Sheila's biography will surely be of interest to you. Not only will you get an inside glimpse of what it takes to become an opera singer, and learn about the world of opera in Post- WWII Vienna, but, because Sheila and her husband Werner, were also CIA agents, you will get a look at the Cold War from a personal point of view.

You can get a copy of Ed's book on the internet at

The Wagner Society of Dallas
is a Member of
The International Association of Wagner Societies

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