Fort Worth Opera Named One of the BEST of 2018
The following article was originally published in Fort Worth Weekly Magazine
Best Performing Arts Organization, Critic’s choice:
We were waiting to see what would happen with longtime artistic director Darren Woods’ sudden departure, but this troupe has stayed the course and in some respects improved. Operagoers from Woods’ era can still readily recognize the festival’s mix of repertory classics with new material, and now the company has started outreach in earnest to our Latino community, staging a ravishing production of María de Buenos Aires and engaging the legendary Plácido Domingo to help find more Spanish-language works to perform. The free outdoor TV screenings are a nice bonus, too. Opera fans in some larger cities don’t have it this good.
Best Classical Music Performance, María de Buenos Aires:
Directed and Choreographed by John de los Santos
Now under the leadership of Tuomas Hiltunen, the Fort Worth Opera soldiers on with its commitment to perform operatic works by Central and South American composers. While Astor Piazzolla spent much of his life outside his native Argentina, his tangos ignited a worldwide fervor for the seductive dance-based music genre. Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires was the centerpiece of the company’s 2018 Festival. While the plot was hard to follow at times, mezzo-soprano Solange Merdinian kept the audience enraptured with her agile singing and captivating on stage presence.
Solange Merdinian (Left) and Ariana Zombar (Right)
Photo: Ben Torres