Some things were clearly meant to be played out in an opera, like the story of starcross'd lovers or anything involving Vikings. Less operatic, perhaps, would be the story of a woman locked in the same room for 19 years. Tragic, yes, but what of the glorious tradition of operatic set design? Undaunted, the Dallas Opera's production of Mary, Queen of Scots (Maria Stuarda)
plows on, telling the story of Mary, ruler of kilts, whiskey and Ewan McGregor. Renowned for beauty and kindness, Mary was locked up by Queen Elizabeth I for much of her life, which is a valuable lesson to us all: Nice guys (and queens) finish last, so bitch it up, kids. Tickets are $25 to $199. The opera runs 7:30 p.m. January 5, 10 and 13 and 2:30 p.m. January 7 at the Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 First Ave. Visit dallasopera.org
Thu., Jan. 5, 7:30 p.m.; Tue., Jan. 10, 2:30 p.m.; Fri., Jan. 13, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 7, 2:30 p.m.