An Opera Singer Was Robbed and Beaten En Route to Practice at Fair Park, Police Say
John Boehr, a 31-year-old opera singer from Carrollton, says he was violently mugged Thursday afternoon as he walked to choir practice in South Dallas.
The attack happened at 3:10 p.m., as Boehr was en route to the Dallas Opera's rehearsal facility at 4301 S. Fitzhugh, on the far eastern edge of Fair Park. He told police that he was using the 2900 block of Lagow Street as a shortcut when two men approached and, without introduction, began punching him in the face. A witness saw them slam a brick or rock into his face several times.
They made off with the gym bag he was carrying, $15 in cash, and his score to Dallas Opera's upcoming production of Bizet's "Carmen," in which he is cast in the role of Morales.
Boehr's face was swollen, and he suffered a deep gash on his head. An ambulance took Boehr to Baylor Hospital, where he was interviewed by police as he waited to have his head wound stitched up.
Boehr is a baritone who appeared most recently in the Fort Worth Opera's production of La Boheme. Theater Jones praised his "bright baritone voice and fine acting ability." He has also made numerous cameos on the Barihunks blog, which features "the sexiest baritone hunks from opera."
Dallas Opera spokeswoman Suzanne Calvin offered the following statement via email:
We're all terribly upset about this horrifying incident involving one of our guest artists but, because we haven't been able to speak to John, we have no further details to offer about the attack which occurred yesterday. John David Boehr is making his Dallas Opera debut in the role of Morales, an officer, in our production of Bizet's "Carmen" opening on October 25th in the Winspear Opera House. Rehearsals just got underway this week and John lost his "Carmen" score in the assault, among other things. He has family here in Dallas who are supervising his recovery and medical care.
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