The Fort Worth Opera has always been one of the most forward-thinking in the country. As the oldest continually performing opera company in Texas—and one of the oldest in the country—it is known throughout operatic circles as a leader in producing new and rarely-performed works, as well as timeless classics.
On April 23, the 2016 season will begin, featuring two operas at Bass Hall and one production (two one-act operas) at another location. Most notable is the world premiere of the opera, JFK. Written by David T. Little and Royce Vavrek, the opera is set in Fort Worth on November21, 1963, and focuses on President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, who spent that night at the Texas Hotel before coming to Dallas. There are flashbacks and fantasy sequences that foreshadow the tragic events to come, as well as previous presidential assassins illustrated as several of the Fates from mythology. The story is both fascinating and moving. Seniors from Fort Worth will remember the excitement when JFK came to town and the tragedy of his murder the following day. This opera is a great opportunity to engage seniors about their recollection of this important event in our nation’s history.
The lighter entry on the schedule is the comedy The Barber of Seville by Rossini, directed by David Gately who also directed the 2002-2003 Fort Worth Opera production. The plot revolves around clever Figaro and his efforts to help his friend, Count Almaviva, win the love of beautiful Rosina. The audience will burst into laughter throughout the opera.
Rounding out the season are two one-act operas, Buried Alive (by Jeff Myers and Quincy Long) and Embedded (by Patrick Soluri and Deborah Brevoort). These works are based on Edgar Allan Poe’s stories, A Premature Burial and The Cask of Amontillado. The operas will be performed in the Scott Theatre at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center.
The season will also showcase Frontiers, a festival of new works from composers from The Americas. The Fort Worth Opera is in the midst of Opera of the Americas, a 10-year initiative to produce works from contemporary composers of North America and South America. JFK and Buried Alive are among the works included.
Tickets for the season are available online at www.fwopera.org and at 817-731-0726. Subscriptions start at $26 and single tickets start at $17. Performances are held at the Bass Performance Hall with the exception of Frontiers which is at Kimbell Art Museum’s Kahn Auditorium.
How exciting for audiences of all ages to experience the Fort Worth Opera! Your senior may be among those who will enjoy a performance during the 2016 season. Our Homecare Assistance of Fort Worth in-home caregivers can arrange an outing at the Fort Worth Opera or another engaging event. Let us help your senior get the most out of life!