October 24, 2021

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Fort Worth Opera unveils bold new course in 75th anniversary time

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It’s out with the aged and in with a new eyesight for Fort Value Opera’s historic 75th anniversary year.

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Unveiled Tuesday, July 13, FWO’s calendar of activities for 2021-22 appears to be like, at initial glance, to be filled with a lot of points that are not in fact opera. Which is for the reason that the eyes should alter to the dramatic shift absent from FWO’s program from the previous 14 decades:

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There is no opera pageant.

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Alternatively of staging a couple operas around a several months in spring and calling it a period — a format that labored properly in 2007 when critics could fly in and assessment all the operas at the moment (now: what critics?) — the organization will existing recitals, live shows, children’s packages, and sure, a few of operas, far too, at various venues through the metropolis, through the calendar year.

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“Fort Truly worth Opera will return this upcoming year as ‘The People’s Company,’ concentrating more on concerts and performances in the community and building solid associations with other arts and civic organizations,” states general director Afton Struggle in a release. 

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The plan will involve celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Thirty day period in Oct and Black Historical past Thirty day period in February. General performance venues will include Whiskey Ranch, Fort Truly worth Botanic Yard, Fort Worthy of libraries, Rose Maritime Theater, I.M. Terrell Academy, and Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium.

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The just one opera staged at Bass Hall (of which FWO is a resident firm), will pay homage to the company’s roots: La Traviata was the quite to start with opera offered by FWO, to a sold-out property at Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium on November 25, 1946. Far more than 75 years later on, La Traviata will be presented as a present day-working day, streamlined, 90-moment chamber model of Verdi’s grand passionate masterpiece. Two performances in April 2022 will be accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

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“For the 75th, I desired to honor the women (Eloise MacDonald Snyder, Betty Berry Spain, and Jeanne Axtell Walker) who began FWO 75 decades back,” Fight claims.

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Of the three 2020 festival operas canceled amid the pandemic, one — Zorro — will be reprogrammed future year. (La Boheme and Die Fledermaus will not.) Zorro will lastly get its massive planet premiere in January 2022, and will contain a particular collaboration with the Fort Really worth Inventory Display and Rodeo.

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Just one celebration longtime FWO patrons won’t see on the timetable is the yearly Frontiers showcase of new is effective. It has not been neglected.

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In this year of publish-COVID restoration, Struggle claims, reining in the number and scale of FWO’s commitments — like Frontiers — will position the corporation superior for continued achievements.

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“Coming out of this prolonged pause, it’s significant that FWO emphasis on what we have turn into recognized for above the previous 10 months — constructing local community through our civic actions and engagement, and creating a fiscally liable and sustainable company publish-COVID,” she says. “Producing 3 complete size and mid-huge scale operas is not honoring that motivation to being fiscally dependable and sustainable. (And) we have to deliver our beloved programming, like Frontiers, back slowly.”

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The schedule also does not contain The Previous Desire of Frida and Diego, which FWO declared in 2017 it experienced co-commissioned with San Diego Opera, the Higher education of Great Arts at The College of Texas at Austin, and DePauw College. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz and Latin Grammy winner and composer Gabriela Lena Frank, the get the job done was originally established to premiere in 2020.

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“This piece proceeds to be made by the composer and the librettist, and Fort Well worth Opera seems to be ahead to continuing to adhere to its development,” Fight suggests.

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Here’s the Fort Truly worth Opera’s 2021-22 period at a glance:

Entre Amigos: A Concert in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month
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October 9, 2021 at Rose Maritime Theater
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A stay live performance of arias, art tunes, and folks new music as element of FWO’s fall Noches de Ópera neighborhood programming.

Fort Value Opera’s Children’s Opera Theatre Presents: Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Woman in the Planet
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Tunes by Joe Illick Libretto by Mark Campbell
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October 9 & 10, 2021 at Botanical Study Institute of Texas (BRIT)
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Oct 16, 2021 at Reby Cary Youth Library

Fort Value Opera’s Children’s Opera Theatre Provides: Stone Soup
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Audio by Joe Illick Libretto by Mark Campbell
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November 20, 2021 at Northwest Department of the Fort Value General public Library

75th Anniversary Drop Preview
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November 6, 2021 at Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co.’s Whiskey Ranch
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Star-studded live performance featuring live performances, an open bar with craft cocktails, and catered hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Chef Juan Rodriguez.

Getaway in the Garden
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December 2021 (Day & Time TBD) at Fort Truly worth Botanic Yard Parking Whole lot
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Free of charge live performance of arias, duets, Xmas songs, and holiday getaway classics.

Zorro (World Premiere)
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Tunes and libretto by Héctor Armienta
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January 26, 28, 2022 at Rose Marine Theater
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January 30, 2022 at Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium (Notice: A Fort Well worth Stock Show Expertise Bundle, which include the FWSSR PRORODEO Match, household evening meal at Reata at the Backstage Club, and closing efficiency of Zorro will go on sale in September.)

A Evening of Black Excellence
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February 20, 2022, at I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA
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Co-curated by American soprano Karen Slack and FWO Normal Director Afton Struggle

Fort Well worth Opera Spring Gala
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April 9, 2022 at Metropolis Club of Fort Well worth
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Starring Elaine Alvarez, Nathan Granner, & Kenneth Overton and Joe Illick, piano

La Traviata
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Tunes by Giuseppe Verdi libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
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April 22 and 24, 2022 at Bass Overall performance Hall
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Showcasing the Fort Truly worth Symphony Orchestra

FWO Lesley Resident Artist Recital
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Featuring Brandon Bell, Gabrielle Gilliam, and Megan Koch
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May perhaps 2022Site TBD

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For far more facts and tickets, check out www.fwopera.org.

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