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SARA FULGONI (Thérèse Raquin)
The British mezzo-soprano makes her Dallas Opera debut in the title role. Considered one of the top talents of her generation, Ms. Fulgoni is is known for the rich quality of her voice and her dramatic stage presence. She has received high critical accalim, among others, for her performances as Carmen with the Welsh National Opera and Opera de Toulouse; as Charlotte in the Tel Aviv production of Werther; and in thetitle role in The Rape of Lucretia in Amsterdam and Montpellier. Carmen was also the vehicle for her US debut at the Santa Fe Opera in the 1999-2000 season. Her recordings include Verdi's Oberto under Sir Neville Mariner on the Philips label and Suor Angelica under Antonio Pappano on the EMI label.

DIANA SOVIERO (Madame Raquin)
The American soprano gained international recognition singing the role of Leila in New York City Opera's production of Bizet's Les Pêcheurs de perles. She has since been acclaimed for her performances in the world's leading opera houses singing what are now considered her signature roles: Violetta in La traviata, Madama Butterfly, Manon Lescaut, Tosca, Suor Angelica and Adriana Lecouvreur, to name a few. She returns to The Dallas Opera in the role of Madame Raquin. Ms. Soviero has given many performances with the company since her 1980 debut as Liu in Turandot; her most recent appearance was in the title role of Madama Butterfly in 1995.

This young American bass-baritone known for his good looks, his resonant voice, and his exciting stage presence is well on his way to an international career. He first made the headlines when he "saved the day" at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, stepping in as Figaro for an ailing Bryn Terfel on opening night of La nozze di Figaro. He has since been a frequent performer at the major opera houses in Europe and America.

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Considered one of the most promising tenors of his generation, Gordon Gietz makes his debut with The Dallas Opera in the role of Camille. He has performed with various opera companies in North America, Europe and Asia singing such roles as Gerald in Lakme, the Duke in Rigoletto, Tamino in Zauberflote. His future appearances include lead roles in Katya Kabanova, Romeo et Juliette, The Rake's Progress, and a Midsummer Night's Dream.

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