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Becoming Santa Claus (Blu-Ray)

by The Dallas Opera

Blu-ray version of Becoming Santa Claus is an enchanting answer to the question “Where did Santa come from?"This lively, tune-filled contemporary opera features colorful characters – both familiar and exotic – and a family doing its best to come together.
Genre: Classical: Opera
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Presence vs. Presents: Becoming Santa Claus
In a remote kingdom in the far, far North, four harried palace Elves are sweating the last details of the thirteenth birthday party of the notoriously picky Prince Claus. Queen Sophine cajoles her son into attending only with the promise that his uncles—the three Kings of Christmas legend—will appear. But at the last minute, they are called away by news of a mysterious star and a newborn baby destined to change the world. The stung Prince decides to make a trove of magical toys for the child and pay tribute his way: but it doesn’t work out quite as planned…
With his sparkling libretto and kaleidoscopically varied score, composer-librettist Mark Adamo (Little Women) invents a wise, witty holiday parable “likely to be a seasonal favorite of operas companies across the country” (Dallas Edge.) Experience this world-premiere performance from The Dallas Opera, with its “remarkably strong cast, visually stunning production, spectacular stage direction and fantastic conducting and playing from the pit” (D Magazine) and you may never think of Christmas the same way again.


A superbly conceived and crafted opera….Becoming Santa Claus is an impressive literary and musical accomplishment. In its score, Becoming Santa Claus offers dizzying complexity but produces constantly engaging, striking musical effects; and Adamo pulls off a remarkable literary trick in managing to absorb the Christian nativity narrative into a broadly universal (and post-Christian) fable, while opening yet another pathway on his remarkable exploration of what an opera and an opera libretto can be.
-Wayne Lee Gay, American Record Guide

A brilliant sensory onslaught.
-Scott Cantrell, Opera News

A delightfully inventive and over-the-top holiday show that explores Santa’s backstory with wit and whimsy.
-Catherine Womack, D Magazine

Enchanting and full of wonder…Mark Adamo’s charming Becoming Santa Claus is likely to become a seasonal favorite for opera companies across the country.
-Drew Jackson, Dallas Edge



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