Performances

The Pearl Fishers
Georges Bizet
April 19, 27 & May 2

Against the watery setting of ancient tropical Ceylon, vows of eternal friendship are put to the ultimate test in this story of desire and sacrifice. Two fishermen, Nadir and Zurga, are plunged into the depths of a forbidden love triangle when a mysterious woman from their past, Leila, returns and ignites a jealous rivalry.

Though both men swore not to allow this beautiful Brahmin priestess to come between them, Nadir and Leila concede to their passion, and when they are caught Zurga is forced to decide their fate. As the opera builds toward a violent climax, will the bonds of fraternal loyalty and the revelation of a secret from Zurga's past persuade him to forgive? Or will his envious rage make him callous?

Language: French

Supertitles: English & Spanish



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Cosi fan tutte
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
April 26, May 3 & 11 2014

For Ferrando and Guglielmo, their fiancées Dorabella and Fiordiligi are the best women in the world—none more loving, beautiful, faithful, or kind. So, when persuaded to wager on their lovers’ constancy, the men assume an easy win. However, Mozart’s layered comedy reminds us that love can be a dangerous game. Spurred on by the old philosopher Don Alfonso and the thorny maid Despina, Ferrando and Guglielmo embark on an elaborate scheme of love and seduction, complete with absurd disguises, faked suicides, feigned hallucinations, and one really big magnet. As the girls’ fidelity is tested, the men are shocked by an outcome they could never have expected. In true Mozart fashion, all ends happy and well, but not without a few lessons learned along the way.

Language: Italian

Supertitles: English & Spanish



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Silent Night
Kevin Puts & Mark Campbell
May 4 & 10

In one stunning moment during World War I, all was quiet on the Western front and a spontaneous moment of peace transformed foes into friends. Based on the 2005 French film Joyeux Noel, this Pulitzer Prize-winning opera recounts the historic impromptu cease-fire between Scottish, German, and French soldiers on Christmas Eve 1914, when each man laid down his arms and joined together to bury the dead and honor the holiday.

Brought to life by a mix of characters—Nikolaus Sprink, a German opera singer; William and Jonathan Dale, Scottish brothers filled with patriotic fervor; Lieutenant Audebert, a French officer; Lieutenant Gordon, a questioning Scottish solider; and Lieutenant Horstmayer, a German officer torn between duty and his conscience—their personal stories intermingle, highlight the global character of conflict, and add a remarkable depth to this glimmering moment of humanity in the face of war. However, when the sun rises on Christmas morning, how will each man react to resuming the bloody fight?

Language: English, French, German, Italian, and Latin

Supertitiles: English



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With Blood, With Ink
Daniel Crozier & Peter M. Krask
April 20, 25, 26, 27, 29 & May 3, 4, 6, 9, 10, 2014

A renowned theologian, poetess, and champion of women’s rights, Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz was a woman before her time. However, restricted by some powerful superiors of her era, the revered intellectual was forced by the Inquisition to sign a blood oath renouncing her life’s work. As she lays dying, Sor Juana is plagued by visions of her younger self and recalls the many people and circumstances responsible for her fateful renunciation. From child prodigy to silenced free-thinker, she struggles to reconcile with her past. Based on the powerful true story of this 17th-century nun, With Blood, With Ink shines a light on the life and work of this inspiring yet tragic and enigmatic figure.

Language: English



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Hamlet
Ambroise Thomas
May 2 & May 10m, 2015

The 2015 Bass Hall series concludes with the regional premiere of Ambroise Thomas' riveting retelling of Shakespeare's Hamlet. From the moment guests enter Bass Hall, they will be catapulted into the haunting world of intrigue and vengeance with a set recalling images of a stark Soviet-era city. This mesmerizing production will welcome baritone Wes Mason (Before Night Falls and La Bohème) back to FWOpera in the title role, while Rod Nelman (Tosca, The Marriage of Figaro, and The Daughter of the Regiment) will portray the lecherous Claudius. Robynne Redmon (Dead Man Walking and Madama Butterfly) will appear as Gertrude, and Talise Trevigne will take on the challenging role of Ophelia in her FWOpera debut, following her success in Jake Heggie's monumental Moby Dick with the Dallas Opera.

Conductor Joe Illick will return to the podium to lead the orchestra through Thomas' emotive score, and acclaimed director Thaddeus Strassburger will make his Festival debut. Lighting designer Chad R. Jung, and costume designer Mary Traylor round out the creative team.

Tickets for the 2015 Festival Productions are only available via phone. Please call FWOpera Customer Service at 817-731-0726.




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