Fort Worth, Texas - February 7, 2024 - Fort Worth Opera is thrilled to announce the launch of an engaging and educational new video series titled "Opera with Joe." Hosted by Fort Worth Opera’s Music Director Emeritus Joe Illick, the series aims to demystify opera and provide audiences with an immersive journey into the captivating world of this timeless art form.
"Opera with Joe" is designed to cater to opera enthusiasts of all levels, from seasoned aficionados to newcomers curious about exploring the rich tapestry of opera. Each episode will feature Joe Illick, the renowned conductor, as he shares his deep knowledge, insights, and passion for opera.
Viewers can expect an array of compelling content, including discussions on various operatic works, analysis of opera history, behind-the-scenes glimpses into production processes, and much more. Moreover, the series will offer a unique opportunity for audiences to interact directly with Joe Illick by submitting their questions about opera, which he will answer in select episodes.
"We are excited to introduce 'Opera with Joe' as part of our ongoing efforts to make opera more accessible and enjoyable for everyone," said Angela Turner Wilson, General & Artistic Director of Fort Worth Opera. "With maestro Joe Illick's expertise and enthusiasm leading the way, we believe this series will inspire a newfound appreciation for opera and foster a vibrant community of opera lovers."
The inaugural season of "Opera with Joe" will run till June 2024, each episode offering a fresh exploration of opera's beauty, complexity, and enduring relevance. Whether delving into classic masterpieces or highlighting contemporary works, Joe Illick promises to provide audiences with a captivating and enriching experience.
"Opera has the power to move and inspire like no other art form," said Jennifer Chung Quintard, Director of Artistic Administration. "Through 'Opera with Joe,' we aim to share the magic of opera with a wide audience, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for this remarkable genre."
Don't miss the premiere of "Opera with Joe," releasing February 7 on Fort Worth Opera's social media and YouTube. Stay tuned for updates and join Joe Illick on an unforgettable journey through the world of opera.
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About Fort Worth Opera:
Founded in 1946 by three visionary women — Eloise MacDonald Snyder, Betty Berry Spain, and Jeanne Axtell Walker — Fort Worth Opera is the oldest opera company in Texas, and one of the oldest opera companies in the United States. The organization has received local and national attention from critics and audiences alike for its artistic excellence, pioneering spirit, and long history of community-based cultural engagement. In addition to producing traditional repertoire with rising stars and inspirational young talents, the company is known throughout the operatic world as a champion of new American works.
With a dedication to the community both on and beyond the operatic stage, Fort Worth Opera boasts a highly successful opera education program, consisting of The Lesley Resident Artist program and the Children’s Opera Theatre, which brings opera to nearly 40,000 school children each year across the state of Texas.
Fort Worth Opera is committed to producing opera of the highest possible artistic quality and integrity; to identifying and training talented young singers; to serving as a crucible for creating new American operas; to joining forces with other arts organizations in significant collaborations; and to enriching the community by stimulating cultural curiosity and creativity in people of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds.
Visit fwopera.org for more information.