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Preparing for a Performance: What I Didn’t Know I Knew

On May 3, my opera, The System of Soothing, was presented at Fort Worth Opera’s Frontiers showcase. In these essays, I intend to chronicle my experience preparing for, and taking part in, this opportunity. For this installment, I recount the program’s rehearsal process and performance...

TAKING TWEED SERIOUSLY–LESSONS FOR THE EMERGING OPERA COMPOSER

On May 3rd, my opera, The System of Soothing, was presented at Fort Worth Opera’s Frontiers showcase—a major step into the American new opera scene for an emerging composer. In these essays, I intend to chronicle my experience preparing for, and taking part in, this opportunity. For this...

FWOpera’s Frontiers showcases works about murder, mental illness

Whatever you may think of the music — and some of it is quite good — you can’t accuse the participants in the Fort Worth Opera’s 2017 Frontiers program of producing boring material. The program selects excerpts from eight operas-in-the-making and brings their composers and librettists to...

Moon Lit: Cruzar la Cara de la Luna

Many in the audience didn’t quite know what to expect when attending the Fort Worth Opera’s final production of the 2017 festival, the mariachi opera, Cruzar la Cara de la Luna (“To Cross the Face of the Moon”) by the team of composer José "Pepe" Martinez and librettist Leonard Fogila (who...