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Re-Defining the Opera Experience: Fort Worth Opera Announces Opera of the AmericasMonday, January 7, 2013 By FWOpera
Re-Defining the Opera Experience:
Fort Worth Opera Announces
Opera of the Americas,
A Ten-Year Vision of Thought-Provoking Premieres by Composers of the Americas
2014-2016 Festivals to include
Three World Premieres, Company’s Second Commissioned Work,
and Pulitzer-Prize Winning Regional Premiere
Fort Worth, Texas - Fort Worth Opera (FWOpera) announced today Opera of the Americas, a ten-year artistic commitment to the production of work from contemporary composers of the Americas, beginning in 2014. The first phase of Opera of the Americas will feature three world premieres and one national co-production, leading up to the company’s 70th anniversary in 2016. These productions reinforce FWOpera’s dedication to introducing new works and championing North and South American contemporary composers, as well as underscoring its vision of the art form.
“Fort Worth Opera strongly believes that the modern operatic experience is one that has both a subjective and objective component, whether it be a contemporary or traditional work,” stated FWOpera General Director Darren K. Woods. “It’s more than just entertainment; it’s a shared experience that engages, provokes, and inspires conversation. In presenting compelling contemporary works by accomplished American composers, and fresh productions of traditional operatic repertoire, we look to re-define opera as an exciting experience that, at its core, has a unique, personal connection for our audiences. We look carefully at the heart of each work, for a storyline or a message that will resonate on an intimate, individual level, evoking an emotional response and need for reflection. I am thrilled to announce that in addition to the world premieres by Libby Larsen and Daniel Crozier in the next upcoming seasons, Fort Worth Opera will present a regional premiere and a world premiere company commission by composer David T. Little, and the regional premiere of composer Kevin Puts’ first opera.”
Inspirational characters who challenge the status quo, risking everything for what they believe in, and story lines that motivate conversation are the connecting thread in the upcoming productions, which have story arcs ranging from issues related to family life and modern day warfare, to science fiction and iconic historical figures.
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