Fort Worth Opera announces 2021-22 season, furthers commitment to giving concerts around the region
Fort Worth Opera, which will celebrate its 75th anniversary this year, has announced its 2021-22 season. It will mark the company’s return to main-season performances, after a spring festival format for more than a decade. In her second season as general director, Afton Battle will continue her mission of bringing classical music performances to communities across Fort Worth. Programming will mostly consist of one-off concerts presented in a variety of indoor and outdoor venues throughout the region. The season will prominently feature Spanish-language works and Latin American musicians as well as Black artists. The company will present only two actual operas, apart from two children’s operas. Originally scheduled for the canceled 2020 festival, the premiere of Mexican-American composer Héctor Armienta’s Zorro, with guitar and piano accompaniment , will take place at the Rose Marine Theater, with a subsequent performance at Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium (Jan. 26-30, 2022). At Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth Opera will present a 90-minute chamber adaptation of Verdi’s La Traviata (April 22-24, 2022), with Elaine Alvarez as Violetta, Nathan Granner as Alfredo and Kenneth Overton as Germont. Artistic director Joe Illick will conduct members of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. The two children’s operas, both composed by FWO artistic director Joe Illick, with libretti by Mark Campbell, will be Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World (Oct. 9-16) and Stone Soup (Nov. 20). The three headlining singers from La Traviata will also appear in a Diamond Anniversary Gala at the City Club of Fort Worth (April 6, 2022). For tickets and additional information, call 817-731-0726 or visit fwopera.org .