The idea for the Dallas Classical Singers owes its humble existence to the group’s artistic director Yana White’s ardent desire to see classical vocal music, particularly opera, performed in the Dallas area more frequently and to expand the number of performance opportunities available to classically trained singers in the DFW area.
Dallas Classical Singers had their very first concert in January 2019 in the beautiful chapel of the Heritage Museum in Frisco. The curators of the museum suggested a “bird” theme, and the Dallas Classical Singers presented the program “Of Songbirds and Lovebirds” that featured famous arias and art songs about nightingales, magpies, women who wanted to be free as a bird, a bird-catcher Papageno, and many others. The group returned to the Heritage museum with a brand-new Christmas concert in December of the same year, having also performed a concert during a Second Sunday Open House event at the Discovery Center in Frisco.
The following year’s Covid-19 pandemic halted all live performances while the world desperately searched for a vaccine. The live concerts began to come back in the summer of 2021 and the Dallas Classical Singers were delighted to present a new program, “The Pleasures and Follies of Love”, in the acoustically superior Council Chamber of the George A. Purefoy Municipal Center in Frisco as a part of “Music in the Chamber” concert series. This program featured beloved arias, duets and ensembles by Puccini, Verdi, Mozart, Gounod, and many others.
The group is currently working on the upcoming comedy concert Aria Laughing? on August 26.