Friday, May 28, 2010

For Fort Worth Opera in 2011 - It's hilarity, verismo, a male soprano, sex, *and* drugs.

Taking a cue from the few opera companies who have realized that New Media is truly the way in which people are gathering their information, Fort Worth Opera announced it’s 2011 Season via the company’s Facebook page.

According to the post, the operas for the 2011 Festival Season will be Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, Verdi’s Il Trovatore, Handel’s Julius Caesar which will all be performed at Bass Performance Hall. In addition, Hydrogen Jukebox, a chamber opera by Philip Glass - based on the poetry of Allen Ginsberg - will be performed at the Hardy and Betty Sanders Theatre, a small black-box venue located at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center.

This Festival Season will mark both the company’s fifth and the first time the company has produced a fully-staged Handel opera or a Philip Glass piece.

And Friendlies, as to not disappoint those who want to see who is doing what and when, here's the 4-1-1.

THE MIKADO
Music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert.
May 14, 22, 27 and June 4, 2011.

The Mikado, a comedy, contains some of the best-known and popular Gilbert and Sullivan tunes. The story centers around two young lovers struggling against the powers that be to become husband and wife. Fort Worth Opera’s version will be true to the original, but with a fun twist of setting it in modern-day Japan.

Director: John de los Santos
Conductor: Joe Illick Primary
Cast: Jessica Cates as Yum-Yum; Meaghan Deiter as Katisha; Logan Rucker as Nanki-Poo; and Matthew Young as Mikado.

IL TROVATORE
Music by Giuseppe Verdi and libretto by Salvatore Cammarano.
May 21, 29 and June 3, 2011.

Classic, larger-then-life, Verdi with traditional sets and costumes. The story is a rich labyrinth of gypsy mothers, revenge, warring rivals (who are brothers, but don’t know it) and love.

Director: David Lefkowich
Conductor: Joe Illick
Cast: Marjorie Owens as Leonora; Victoria Livengood as Azucena; Dongwon Shin as Manrico; and Malcolm MacKenzie as Count di Luna.

JULIUS CAESER
Music by George Frideric Handel and libretto by Nicola Francesco Haym.
May 28 and June 5, 2011.

Classic production, except that the Fort Worth Opera production will feature two male counter-tenors and a male soprano to sing the roles Handel originally wrote for castrati. The story centers around the Egyptian-Roman war and the romance between Julius Caesar and Cleopatra.

Director: David Gately
Conductor: Daniel Beckwith
Cast: Randall Scotting as Julius Caesar; Ava Pine as Cleopatra; Meredith Arwady as Cornelia; and Michael Maniaci as Sextus.

HYDROGEN JUKEBOX
Music by Philip Glass and poetry by Allen Ginsberg.
May 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, June 1, 2, 4 and 5, 2011.

Described as a “chamber opera for ensemble and soloists,” Hydrogen Jukebox is unlike any opera most people have seen. Based on the work “Howl” by Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, this music/theater piece is a portrait of America that covers 1950’s through the 1980’s. Its content ranges from highly personal poems of Ginsberg to his reflection on social issues: the anti-war movement, the sexual revolution, drugs, eastern philosophy, and environmental awareness.

Director: Lawrence Edelson
Conductor: Steven R. Osgood. The artists appearing have not been announced at this time.

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