NOTICE: The Fort Worth Opera Frontiers program is currently on hold.
We will make an announcement when Frontiers is active again.
FORT WORTH OPERA'S ACCLAIMED NEW WORKS SHOWCASE
Hailed as “one of the most significant music events of the year” by D Magazine, Fort Worth Opera’s Frontiers showcase has yielded numerous regional and world premieres since its inception. Commissioned by the American Lyric Theater, Patrick Soluri and Deborah Brevoort’s macabre, Edgar Allan Poe-inspired opera Embedded (Frontiers 2013) appeared during Fort Worth Opera’s 2016 Festival. This past season, Matthew Peterson and Jason Zencka’s critically-acclaimed, true crime opera Voir Dire (Frontiers 2014) proved to be a highlight of the company’s 2017 Festival.
Beyond North Texas, Robert Paterson and David Cote’s trio of comic, one-act operas, Three Way, premiered at Nashville Opera and BAM Fisher in 2017. Opera Colorado presented the world premiere of Gerald Cohen and Deborah Brevoort’s true-life WWII romance, Steal a Pencil for Me (Frontiers 2016) during their 2018 season. In May of this year, Clint Borzoni and John de los Santos’ erotic opera, When Adonis Calls (Frontiers 2015), received its world premiere with Asheville Lyric Opera.
Composers receive feedback on their work through private meetings with the Frontiers jury panel. In addition, the workshops will be recorded, so the composers can subsequently study the recording to assist in the completion of their compositional process. Final performances will be offered in two separate showcases.
2019 FRONTIERS SELECTIONS INCLUDED
The Hatfield-McCoy Triptychs
Set deep in the Appalachian Mountains, on the border between good and evil, composer and librettist Steven Aldredge’s The Hatfield-McCoy Triptychs recounts the epic American story of betrayal, love, and the destructive force of revenge as it scorches a trail of unspeakable violence across generations.
Steven Aldredge currently serves on the piano and composition faculty at the Wright State University School of Music and is the Music Director of WSU Opera Theater. He studied Piano Performance at the Florida State University where he was a Graduate Assistant in Opera Coaching; he continued his studies as a DMA candidate and Teaching Assistant at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He has performed internationally with leading soloists from the Metropolitan Opera, recording artists from such major labels as Naxos, EMI, and given recitals with principal players from many of the world’s leading orchestras, including The New York Philharmonic, The Vienna Philharmonic, The Bavarian Radio Orchestra, The Montreal Symphony, and the Pacific Festival Orchestra of Sapporo, Japan. He has composed over 70 works, winning praise for both his vocal and instrumental works. His award-winning choral works are published internationally through Colla Voce, Soundforth, Lorenz, and The Sacred Music Press.
Behold the Man
In August 2012, during the depths of the Global Recession an elderly woman in the village of Borja, Spain, attempts to restore a little-known and long-ignored fresco of Jesus in her local church. Discovered before she’s finished, her botched image goes viral, ascending to the cult status of “Internet Sensation.” Composer Paul Fowler and librettist Andrew Flack’s Behold the Man explores how artist Cecilia Gimenez’s efforts helped revitalize the economy of a struggling town. Was it a miracle? Great outsider art? A selfless act of faith? Or just another internet meme?
Sourcing materials parsed from the world’s spiritual traditions and natural beauty, composer Paul Fowler’s music will “work on you from the inside out” (Philadelphia Inquirer). Fowler draws from his experience as a vocalist, improvising pianist and electronic musician to integrate old and new into “emotionally intense” (Washington Post) works which are “radiant, ghostly and shimmering” (New York Times).
Dramatist Andrew Flack writes for the stage, television and film. His first collaboration with composer Paul Fowler was the 2011 musical I Go On Singing, Paul Robeson’s Life in Word & Song. Since 2012 he has been singularly focused on creating this work which celebrates the true story of Cecilia Giménez and her botched restoration of the “Ecce Homo” fresco in Borja, Spain. In that time, Andrew has traveled to visit Cecilia on several occasions, and received her blessing to tell this story.
Death of a Playboy
Composer and librettist Brian Rosen’s Death of a Playboy takes place at the graveside funeral of the original cad, Hugh Hefner. A former playmate, whose charitable foundation depends on the financial support of the recently deceased, prepares to give a eulogy. The only challenge is that she hates his guts. As she debates with her husband, she is confronted with a dilemma as to whether it is wiser to speak her truth or to play nice?
Brian M. Rosen is a San Francisco based composer/performer specializing in works that marry music and theater. Born into a family of performers, he spent much of his youth in the backstages of concert halls and theaters throughout suburban New York. He studied composition at Interlochen Arts Academy, Princeton University, and the European American Music Alliance in Paris. In addition to his work creating and championing new music, he had a 25 year career at Pixar Animation Studios, specializing in rendering and shading technologies.
Based on a play by the mysterious playwright Jane Martin, composer and librettist Tony Solitro’s Triangle, follows Joyce, a woman who finds herself in a love triangle. She isn’t concerned. She knows exactly how to handle the situation. When she learns the “other woman” is a goddess, she begins to unravel. How can she compete with that?
Tony Solitro is an active composer of concert and stage music. Upcoming performances include Burial (Utah Opera, Golden Spike Commission) and Canción Exaltada (Victory Players, MIFA). Commissions include pieces for Boston Opera Collaborative (She’s Fabulous, Triangle, A Case of Anxiety), ICA Philadelphia, and Network for New Music. Honors include Grand Prize in the David Walter Competition (International Society of Bassists), Cheryl A. Spector Prize (Third Millennium Ensemble), and fellowships from Yaddo, I-Park, Brush Creek, VCCA, and the Anderson Center. www.tonysolitro.com
An adaptation of the classic novella by George Moore, composer Patrick Soluri (Buried Alive, 2016 Festival) and librettist Deborah Brevoort’s Albert Nobbs is a gender-bending story about a butler in a 19th century Irish hotel who hides a secret: he is really a she. When her identity is discovered by another woman posing as a man, Albert begins a desperate search for love and identity that leads to despair and ultimately her death. This riveting story was also adapted into a critically acclaimed film starring Glenn Close and Janet McTeer, which was nominated for three Oscars at the 84th Academy Awards
Patrick Soluri is a NYC based composer of music for ballet, opera and film/TV. His love of telling stories through music is evident in a large body of work for the stage, screen and concert hall… from Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center, to the great opera houses of Europe. This includes 8 ballet scores commissioned and performed internationally; and numerous operatic works including Embedded (with librettist Deborah Brevoort), featured in Frontiers 2013 and a full production with FWO in 2016. His 10 minute comic operas have performed worldwide (including “Figaro’s Last Hangover” at FWO). www.Soluri.com
Deborah Brevoort is best known for her play The Women of Lockerbie which is performed internationally. Albert Nobbs is her third opera to be chosen for Frontiers: the others were Embedded, with Patrick Soluri (full productions at FWO and Fargo Moorhead Operas); and Steal a Pencil for Me, with Gerald Cohen, (Opera Colorado premiere). Her latest is Murasaki’s Moon, with Michi Wiancko, commissioned by NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, On Site Opera and ALT. Albert Nobbs was a finalist for the Pellicciotti Prize in opera composition.