History

Founded in 1946, Fort Worth Opera is the oldest continually performing opera company in Texas, and one of the 14 oldest opera companies in the United States.

FWOpera has gained national attention from critics and audiences alike for its artistic quality and willingness to take risks. Known throughout the operatic world as a champion of new and rarely-performed works, the company has taken a leadership role in producing contemporary operas. Beginning in 2007 with Thomas Pastieri’s Frau Margot in the company’s inaugural year as a Festival, FWOpera has featured four world premieres over the past decade, including David T. Little and Royce Vavrek’s critically lauded JFK (2016), Daniel Crozier and Peter M. Krask’s With Blood, With Ink (2014), and Jorge Martín’s triumph over suppressive brutality, Before Night Falls (2010).

In crafting the perfectly balanced season, FWOpera gives audiences the opportunity to savor the celebrated classics alongside contemporary tales that challenge and inspire. Throughout the years, the company has presented audiences with works both poignant and provocative, like the regional premieres David T. Little and Royce Vavrek’s Dog Days (2015), Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night (2014), and Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied (2013). With the inclusion of Peter Eötvös’ Angels in America (2008) and Phillip Glass’ Hydrogen Jukebox (2011), FWOpera has proclaimed to the world, that modern opera is alive and thriving in North Texas.

The company’s upcoming 2017 season commences Phase Two of its Opera of the Americas vision – funded in part by support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation – with the smash-hit mariachi opera Cruzar la Cara de la Luna, featuring the legendary Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán. Reinforcing its leadership role in contemporary opera, the 2017 Festival presents the fifth season of its annual new works program, Frontiers, showcasing cutting-edge work by some of the most gifted composers and librettists in the 21st century. The company will also include the regional premiere of the emotionally-charged 2015 Frontiers winner, Voir Dire, a star-studded Grand Opening Night Concert, and a dangerously seductive, traditional production of Bizet’s Carmen.