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Hopes. Dreams. Fears. “JFK” at FWOpera

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Commissioned by Fort Worth Opera four years ago, JFK is the realization of a long-standing dream by General Director Darren K. Woods.

“This is a special year for FWOpera as we celebrate the company’s 70th anniversary and 10th Festival season,” Woods said. “We wanted to make a bold statement about what our company stands for while positioning Fort Worth on the world stage by telling a distinctly local story.”

The hopeful night before the fateful day, JFK strays from the expected biopic narrative and paints an intimate portrait of John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy’s final night together inside the Presidential Suite of Fort Worth’s Hotel Texas. Exploring their hopes, dreams and fears, JFK delves into the complex relationship of one of the world’s most iconic couples with a power and imagination that has become the hallmark of the Fort Worth Opera brand.

Called one of the “most forward-thinking opera companies in the U.S.” by The Wall Street Journal, the Fort Worth Opera Festival captivates audiences across the Metroplex and around the world with its specially planned lineup of traditional operatic favorites and cutting-edge contemporary works each spring.

But, it’s in the discovery of new works and emerging artists that FWOpera has made its mark and forged a path to ensure that opera remains fresh and vibrant. FWOpera has been at the forefront of launching the careers of many of today’s hottest opera singers. The company has also pioneered the search for the next wave of opera creators with its critically-acclaimed new works program Frontiers — a juried showcase of often never-before-heard works by the best and brightest composers and librettists of today.

In 2013, Fort Worth Opera announced its Opera of the Americas initiative, a robust 10-year commitment to presenting contemporary operas by composers from across the Americas. During the first phase of this pioneering initiative — which culminates this spring with the world premiere of JFK — the company has brought two world premieres and four regional premieres to North Texas, with plans to expand its programming and audience reach in the years to come.

President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with offices in Dallas, Fort Worth Cultural District, Fort Worth-Mira Vista, Uptown, Lakewood, Southlake, The North, Ranch and Land, Ranch and Land West, and The Ballpark.  

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