2022-2023 Fort Worth Opera Season

2022-2023 Fort Worth Opera Season

A NEW FULL SEASON OF UNIQUE OPERATIC AND MUSICAL EXPERIENCES INCLUDING CONCERTS, RECITALS, SYMPHONIC CHORALES, AND A SPECTACULAR SEMI-STAGED CONCERT PRODUCTION OF AIDA FEATURING THE FORT WORTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

The 22/23 season brings forth FORT WORTH OPERA’s continued commitment to being, “The People’s Company,” as the organization continues to expand its year-round offerings to include unique operatic experiences that speak to and engage with the Fort Worth Community. FWO’s 2022-2023 season commences on October 21 with performances of Noches de Latinidad: El Fuego de Una Mujer (Latin Nights: The Fire of a Woman) with Catalina Cuervo and Eduardo Rojas, and a one-night-only performance of Noches de Zarzuela, a celebratory Hispanic Heritage Month Concert at Artes de la Rosa Cultural Center for the Arts in the Rose Marine Theater. In November the spotlight shines on Metropolitan Opera Star Karen Slack in concert at the new Van Cliburn Concert Hall at Texas Christian University (TCU), titled My Sister’s Keeper and features award-winning pianist Michelle Cann. In December, the company will partner with the Fort Worth Botanic Garden and the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) for a return of our Holiday offering, Amahl and the Night Visitors. Then in January, FWO will present the Southern premiere of Damien Geter’s symphonic work An African American Requiem at the Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU. This stunning piece is followed by a revival of the company’s immensely successful Black History Month concert, A Night of Black Excellence, returning to Fort Worth’s historic I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA in February. FWO’s season culminates with a grand concert staging of Verdi’s AIDA with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (FWSO) at Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU, and the annual Hattie Mae Lesley Resident Artist Showcase.

 

A SEASON PACKAGE INCLUDES:

October 21 at 7:00pm & October 23 at 4:00pm

Rose Marine Theater

Featuring a mix of art songs, arias, and folkloric music from Mexico, Cuba, Columbia, Puerto Rico, Brazil and Argentina, Noches de Latinidad: El Fuego de Una Mujer is an exciting Latin-American musical extravaganza curated by and starring “Fiery Soprano” Catalina Cuervo and virtuoso pianist Eduardo Rojas along with Hattie Mae Lesley Resident Artists Adia Evans, Kaswanna Kanyinda, Nathaniel Catasca and Malcolm Payne, Jr., as well as featured tango dancers George and Jairelbhi Furlong from Evolution Tango. Mr. Rojas on piano, leads a string quartet from the Rojas School of Music and guitarist Alvaro Bermudez for well-known songs such as Cucurrucucu, La Llorona, and Bésame Mucho.

November 13 at 2:00pm

Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU

Metropolitan Opera Star Karen Slack returns to perform on stage of the new Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU in My Sister’s Keeper, with award-winning pianist Michelle Cann. Recently, both Karen and Michelle received the 2022 Sphinx Medal of Excellence, the highest honor bestowed by the Sphinx Organization. The medal recognizes extraordinary classical musicians of color and comes with a $50,000 career grant. My Sister’s Keeper will highlight the music of Margaret Bonds, Nadia & Lili Boulanger, Dorothy Rudd Moore and Florence Price to name a few.

“We are extremely excited to bring this thoughtfully curated program…to Fort Worth.” says Karen Slack. “This program represents what both Michelle and I strive to do on and off the stage. Giving voice and the spotlight to female composers who have too often been left out of the recital and concert hall.”

January 28, 2023 at 6:00pm

Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU

This profound work by Damien Geter was recently premiered May 7 by the Resonance Ensemble and Oregon Symphony, and is the first Requiem to honor African Americans who have lost their lives due to racial violence. Mr. Geter has integrated the traditional Latin Requiem with contemporary text, such as Ida B. Wells speech from 1909, Lynching is Color Line Murder, civil rights declarations, poetry, and the famous last words of Eric Garner and now George Floyd, “I can’t breathe”. The music is infused with elements of jazz, gospel, and spirituals. Presented in 19 movements, the Requiem will be conducted by Mr. Geter himself with soloists Bernard Holcomb, Karmesha Peake, Brandie Sutton, Thomas Cannon, poet and heARTivist Dr. S. Renee Mitchell, the Fort Worth Opera Chorus, prepared by Alfrelynn Roberts, and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. This epic symphonic social commentary will honor past and present victims of racial violence and spur reflection on how to build a more hopeful future.

February, 2023, Time TBA

I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM & VPA

In February, Fort Worth Opera will continue its annual celebration of Black History Month, A Night of Black Excellence with a live performance curated by General Director Afton Battle at Fort Worth’s historic I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA. Featuring arias and songs exclusively by Black and Afro-Latino(a) composers, the event will be held within the 900-seat auditorium of one of Fort Worth’s most revered educational institutions. Opened in 1882, I.M. Terrell was the city’s first Black school during the era of formal racial segregation in the United States and has produced many prominent 20th century luminaries, including jazz musician Ornette Coleman, Civil Rights leader Vada Phillips Felder, and Tuskegee Airman Robert T. McDaniel. Performance details will be provided at a later date.  Single tickets are not yet available, but you may reserve your seat with the purchase of a subscription package!

April 14, 2023 at 7:00pm & April 16, 2023 at 2:00pm

I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM & VPA

First presented by FWO in 1958, and last seen in 1999, Giuseppe Verdi’s grandest opera AIDA, performs as a concert production with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Set in the Old Kingdom of Egypt, AIDA tells the fateful story of forbidden love between an enslaved Ethiopian princess, and an Egyptian military commander.  AIDA was commissioned by Cairo’s Khedivial Opera House and had its premiere there in December of 1871.

Making his debut with FWO as director is broadway and cabaret star T. Oliver Reid. He has spent the past 20 years working on Broadway shows which have amassed more than 20 Tony Awards. Elaine Rinaldi will also make her FWOpera debut as the first female conductor in our 75 year history! She is the founder and artistic director of Orchestra Miami, a professional symphonic ensemble based in Miami, Florida.

This larger-than-life concert production will feature Metropolitan Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago star Michelle Bradley in the title performance that earned her great acclaim in Prague, and the American operatic tenor Ben Gulley will sing the role of Radames. Grammy Award winning American mezzo soprano Tichina Vaughn, who has established an important presence among the world’s leading opera houses, concert halls and theaters will sing the role of Amneris. Grammy and Emmy-Award winning baritone Reginald Smith Jr. will sing the role of the Amonasro. Also in the cast are basses Kevin Thompson as the King, Kenneth Kellogg as Ramfis, soprano Adia Evans as the High Priestess and Nathanial Catasca as the Messenger.

SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT! ONE-NIGHT-ONLY!

October 22 at 7:00pm

Rose Marine Theatre

Noche de Zarzuela will take us across the Atlantic for an evening of excerpts from Spain’s most beloved zarzuelas from composers Jacinto Guerrero, Frederico Moreno and Soutullo-Vert. Zarzuela is the traditional Spanish operatic artform, combing musical passages with spoken sections, similar to operetta. Zarzuela performances routinely sell out in Spain, and we are excited to introduce Fort Worth to these captivating works. Catalina Cuervo, Eduardo Rojas, and the Lesley Resident Artists will move the audience through beautiful passages from Los Gavilanes, La Leyenda del Beso, and audience favorite Luisa Fernanda. This one-night-only event is not part of the subscription.

We have recently updated our COVID policy, and while we continue to require masks at our events, we will no longer require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test.  Follow the link below for more information.

Fort Worth Opera’s 75th Anniversary Season will come to a close on June 30th, and as we prepare for the next season, we still need your help!  Together, we will continue forward with our mission to enrich people’s lives with performances and programs that educate, entertain, inspire, and expand the horizons of current and future audiences.

YOU are what makes Fort Worth Opera “The People’s Company” and we ask that you support our efforts with a gift in any amount – $25, $50, $100 or $500.  Your contribution will assist FWO in tremendous ways.

As always, we are grateful for your support and your patronage.

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Music, Memory and More with the Fort Worth Opera

This innovative new program is funded in part by a generous grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, in partnership with Dementia Friendly Fort Worth and the United Way Area Agency on Aging in Texas.

Fort Worth Opera (FWO) announced today the launch of Music, Memory, and More, a seven-week series (March 30, April 8, 22, May 13, 27, and June 10, 15 at 10:30 am CST). This series features guest artists from Fort Worth Opera, along with the company’s talented Lesley Resident Artists. Each hour-long event begins with a mini-concert. During the first event on Tuesday, March 30, this therapeutic program will consist of two 20-minute segments. The first half of every session will feature musical performances followed by an interactive activity. Each activity is specifically designed to engage individuals living with dementia in the DFW area. In addition to the March 30 event, the series will be offered twice monthly through April, May, and June. Supported in part by a special grant from the Texas Commission of the Arts, this inspiring new series is an extension of Fort Worth Opera’s special community programming and marks the inaugural collaboration between FWO, Dementia Friendly Fort Worth, and the United Way Area Agency on Aging in Texas.

The connection between music and memory has been the ongoing subject of international research for many decades. A recent clinical study published in The Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease found that musical stimuli delayed cognitive decline and showed improvement in brain network synchronization within individuals suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s.¹ Musical aptitude and appreciation are two of the final remaining cognitive abilities in the minds of dementia patients, and musical memory appears to endure long after the mind has begun to deteriorate. With more than 100 types of incurable dementia in existence, Fort Worth Opera hopes this series will provide another impactful way to move beyond the stigma of the disease, share our passion for music, and connect with members of our community.

Music, Memory, and More will feature FWO Manager of Education and Community Engagement, Sheran Goodspeed Keyton, and a guest presenter who will guide participants through fun and engaging activities, including music, movement, music therapy, call and response interaction, and socialization. Having a routine is beneficial for individuals living with dementia, so FWO has chosen to offer this program twice a month through June of this year. Within these recorded sessions, there will be opportunities to discuss the art form of opera, learn more about the six historical periods of classical music and the different voice types. There will also be many moments throughout this series where participants can sing along. For those who cannot join us, each recording will be available to watch online through Worth Opera and Dementia Friendly Fort Worth’s YouTube channels for thirty days following each session.

To attend, please contact Gail Snider at gsnider@dementiafriendlyfw.org and 817-994-3803.

https://www.fwopera.org | https://dffw.org

 

This project is supported in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts and United Way.

¹ INCREASED FUNCTIONAL CONNECTIVITY AFTER LISTENING TO FAVORED MUSIC IN ADULTS WITH ALZHEIMER DEMENTIA
J.B. King, K.G. Jones, E. Goldberg, M. Rollins, K. MacNamee, C. Moffit, S.R. Naidu, M.A. Ferguson, E. Garcia-Leavitt, J. Amaro, K.R. Breitenbach, J.M. Watson, R.K. Gurgel, J.S. Anderson, N.L. Foster.
J Prev Alz Dis 2019;6(1):56-62

About Fort Worth Opera: Founded in 1946, Fort Worth Opera is poised to celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2021. For the last fifteen years, FWO has become one of the leading American companies dedicated to nurturing and performing new opera, in addition to producing traditional repertoire with rising American stars. Our acclaimed Frontiersprogram was held online this fall with our first digital Libretto Workshop. The company’s Children’s Opera Theatre typically reaches about 60,000 students across North Texas each season with live, interactive performances.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, FWO has created online educational curriculum for local music students to supplement their in-school studies, and COT can also now serve entire families and communities beyond the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Fort Worth Opera is committed to celebrating all North Texans, and through our ongoing Noches de Ópera program, the company offers exciting community-driven events and powerful operas that represent the diverse cultures of all of the Americas.

DEMENTIA FRIENDLY FORT WORTH: Dementia Friendly Fort Worth collaborates with community partners to advocate for systems change and provide education, resources, and services that will enhance the lives of those with dementia and their care partners. The organization offers innovative social opportunities, activities, and educational opportunities for persons living with dementia, to increase awareness and understanding.

Fort Worth Opera is sponsored in part by awards from The Arts Council of Fort Worth & Tarrant County, The City of Fort Worth, the Texas Commission on the Arts, Virginia Hobbs Charitable Trust, Simmons Bank, Trustee, Visit Fort Worth, and OPERA America. Additional Fort Worth Opera sponsors include: Tarrant Country Pearls Chapter of The Society, Inc., Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce, Texas Christian University, Time to Heal America, Allan Virgo, Royal Flesh, Townplace Suites Marriott, Renaissance: The Worthington Hotel. Additional sponsors include Haltom’s Fine Jewelers, UNT Health Science Center, the Kimbell Art Museum, Col. William A. Massad, Ret., Trewbarry, Farmers Insurance, Larry, Kardaras, and The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

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Fort Worth Opera Launches FWO GO

Upcoming FWO GO events include mini-concerts in multiple neighborhoods across Tarrant County on Saturday, October 24, and Voices for Votes, an afternoon of performances presented at polling locations on Election Day 2020, Tuesday, November 3.

Fort Worth Opera (FWO) announced the launch of FWO GO, an exciting artistic initiative featuring socially distanced, pop-up performances in neighborhoods across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The company’s first FWO GO shows will be held on Saturday, October 24, throughout Tarrant County, with surprise locations to be announced on FWO’s social media channels and official website. Fort Worth Opera’s talented Lesley Resident Artists will perform classic opera arias, musical theater selections, and beloved standards from the Great American Songbook on a flatbed trailer pulled by a Texas-sized pickup truck. The company recently unveiled its new digital platform FWO Green Room to connect with audiences and build dynamic relationships through technology, but FWO GO shows are the first step in presenting safe, live performances for the entire community during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 On Tuesday, November 3, FWO will appear at polling locations across Fort Worth and present Voices for Votes, a series of mini-concerts to inspire and entertain voters waiting in long lines to cast their ballot on Election Day 2020. That following weekend, FWO will partner with the Tarrant Area Food Bank for a mobile pantry, community food drive, and two performances of the new Texas-themed children’s opera, Stone Soup, at Fort Worth’s Farrington Field parking lot. This uplifting two-day family event combines the joy and excitement of a live musical performance with a much-needed lesson of unity, collaboration, and kindness for all. 

Written by FWO Artistic Director Joe Illick and Pulitzer Prize-winning librettist Mark Campbell, Stone Soup presents an age-old tale and gives it a Texas twist, as a hungry, penniless, 13-year-old girl named Sally arrives at the steps of a local General Store in Blessing, Texas during the Great Depression, and teaches the townspeople the value of sharing and working together. On Saturday, November 7, at 2 pm, families can watch the live performance of Stone Soup and then receive food donations from FWO’s huge cauldron, offering children an important opportunity to witness how their community has come together to support them, just like in the story. On Sunday, November 8, at 2 pm, families can watch this charming opera together and then place their food donations in the cauldron, as a kind gesture to help other families in need across North Texas. 

 

Fort Worth Opera in Association with the Tarrant Area Food Bank 

Stone Soup, a Children’s Opera in One Act

Saturday, November 7, 2020, at 2:00 pm & Sunday, November 8, 2020, at 2:00 pm

Farrington Field Parking Lot 

 

Watch the live performance of Stone Soup:

 Saturday, November 7: Food distribution day is reserved for families of the Tarrant Area Food Bank and community service organizations

 Sunday, November 8: Food drive day is open to the general public with a suggested food pantry donation of 4 kid-friendly, non-perishable food items and a suggested ticket price of “pay what you can.” 

 Socially distanced performances will take place in the Farrington Field parking lot, located at 1400 Foch St., Fort Worth, TX 76107. For tickets and information, please visit https://www.fwopera.org/stone-soup.

 

ABOUT FORT WORTH OPERA: Founded in 1946, Fort Worth Opera is poised to celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2021. For the last fifteen years, FWO has become one of the leading American companies dedicated to nurturing and performing new opera, in addition to producing performances of traditional repertoire with rising American stars. Our acclaimed Frontiers program is going online this fall with our first digital Libretto Workshop. Our Children’s Opera Theatre typically reaches about 60,000 students across North Texas each season with live, interactive performances. During the COVID-19 pandemic, FWO has created online educational curriculum for local music students to supplement their in-school studies, and COT can also now serve entire families and communities beyond the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Fort Worth Opera is committed to celebrating all North Texans, and through our ongoing Noches de Òpera program, the company offers exciting community-driven events and powerful operas that represent the diverse cultures of all of the Americas.

Fort Worth Opera is sponsored in part by awards from The Arts Council of Fort Worth & Tarrant County, The City of Fort Worth, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and OPERA America. Additional Fort Worth Opera sponsors include: the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; The Burnett Foundation; the Amon G. Carter Foundation; the Sid W. Richardson Foundation; Visit Fort Worth; Adeline & George McQueen Foundation, J.P. Morgan, Trustee; Smallwood Foundation, J.P. Morgan, Trustee; Hattie Mae Lesley Foundation, Bank of America, Trustee; Virginia Hobbs Charitable Trust, Simmons Bank, Trustee; Garvey Texas Foundation; Mary Potishman Lard Trust; Fifth Avenue Foundation; The Thomas M. Helen McKee and John P. Ryan Foundation; R4 Foundation; Red Oak Foundation; The Rea Charitable Trust, Wells Fargo Trustee; Wells Fargo Foundation; and Autobahn. 

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