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From Chaos Comes Art: Fort Worth Opera Starts Simultaneous Rehearsals for a Major World Premiere and Festival



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From Chaos Comes Art: Fort Worth Opera Starts Simultaneous Rehearsals<br /> for a Major World Premiere and Festival

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    FORT WORTH, Texas, May
7 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Madness has descended on Fort Worth by means
of its resident opera company. Fort Worth Opera’s annual practice of rehearsing
3-4 operas simultaneously and all the craziness that goes with it has inspired
a TV producer and agent to create a reality show, which may one day be seen on
a station near you. In the meantime, the behind-the-scenes preparations for the
2010 Festival continue. This year, the Festival will feature: Mozart’s Don
Giovanni, Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love, and the world premiere of Before
Night Falls by Cuban-American composer Jorge Martin, based on the memoir of the
same name by Cuban author Reinaldo Arenas.

 

    “It’s
chaotic,” says General Director Darren Keith Woods, “but
controlled.” He adds with a laugh, “Barely.”  Opera singers are notorious for having
bigger-than-life personalities, as do a lot of the behind-the-scenes people
too, explains Woods. “We have a lot of fun, but when you get all of them
together in one location with the stress of rehearsing three major productions
in three weeks, interesting stuff happens.”

 

    The 2010 Festival will
run May 22 – June 6, 2010 and all three operas will be performed in Bass
Performance Hall. It will mark both the company’s fourth annual festival and
the second main-stage world premiere since changing to the festival format in
2007, when Fort Worth Opera produced the premiere of Thomas Pasatieri’s Frau
Margot.  

 

    Before Night Falls
stands out for several reasons. It is a world premiere based on the memoirs of
a Cuban dissident. “Latin-America is under-represented in the classical
music world,” says Woods. “Not only is this about a real-life
Latin-America hero, it was written by a Cuban-American composer.” The
composer, Jorge Martin, received the rights to turn the memoirs into an opera
several years before the rights were obtained to create the movie Before Night
Falls, which starred Javier Bardem and Johnny Depp. The world premiere will
feature several young, upcoming artists and Broadway and Tony Award winning
singer/actor (2003 La Boheme), Jesus Garcia.

 

    Don Giovanni is a
Mozart classic that will feature a stellar cast with Michael Todd Simpson in
the title role. True to Fort Worth Opera style, it will be a traditional
production, but with a twist. Based on the familiar tales of Don Juan, Don
Giovanni has a side-kick Leporello who is usually portrayed as an older servant
who covers for him. “I decided that a young, hot guy like Don Giovanni
wouldn’t want to hang out with an old man,” says Woods, “so our
Leporello is another young, hot guy who plays the role as Don Giovanni’s
wing-man. Every Don Juan needs a wing-man.”

 

    The Elixir of Love – a
story about falling in love with the help of a little wine – also features a
twist. Traditionally set in Italy, this production is instead set in
mid-western America. “It has a warm, Americana feel, complete with an old-fashioned
ice-cream truck and other surprises,” explains Woods. A co-production with
San Francisco Opera and several other companies (see fact sheet for details),
it will star Michael Fabiano, a reality show star himself, and a Dallas/Fort
Worth favorite, Ava Pine. 

 

    TICKETS: Season tickets range from $33-$394. Individual tickets
range from $17-$154 with special student and military pricing available. For
more information or tickets visit www.fwopera.org, or call 817.731.0726 or
toll-free 1.877.396.7372.

 

    ABOUT FORT WORTH OPERA:
Fort Worth Opera was founded in 1946 and is the oldest continually performing
opera company in Texas, and one of the 14 oldest opera companies in the United
States.  In 2007, the company completely
changed its fall/winter schedule to a condensed one-month long Festival in the
spring.

 

   

   
Schedule of 2010
Festival Performances:

   
May 22           8:00 p.m.        Don Giovanni

   
May 23           2:00 p.m.        The Elixir of Love

   
May 28           8:00 p.m.        The Elixir of Love

   
May 29           8:00 p.m.        Before Night Falls, world premiere

   
May 30           2:00 p.m.        Don Giovanni

   
June 4           8:00 p.m.        Don Giovanni

   
June 5           8:00 p.m.        The Elixir of Love

   
June 6           2:00 p.m.        Before Night Falls

 

SOURCE  Fort Worth Opera

From Chaos Comes Art: Fort Worth Opera Starts Simultaneous Rehearsals for a Major World Premiere and Festival