Not one but two premieres will highlight what promises to be one of the richest Fort Worth Opera Festivals in recent memory.  

Bowing April 19th and running through May 11th, this year’s festival will feature the world premiere of With Blood, With Ink, along with the regional premiere (as well as national co-production) of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night. Rounding out the festival’s offerings will be the head-turning, fresh interpretations of two of opera’s most popular works: The Pearl Fishers (last seen and heard performed by the Fort Worth Opera in 1983), and Mozart’s ever-popular Cosi fan tutte. In addition, the festival will also offer its second season of its popular, new works by “composers from the Americas” with the presentation of Frontiers.

Pearl Fishers

But it’s safe to say that many will be most curious about the landmark world and regional premieres of With Blood, With Ink and the already much-lauded and decorated, Silent Night.

With Blood, With Ink was composed by Daniel Crozier, with a libretto by Peter M. Krask. Its presentation is part of the Opera’s formally announced Opera of the Americas, the Opera’s pledged 10-year commitment to presenting works by composers who hail from the Americas. The opera itself is founded on the story of a 17th century nun from Mexico who, because of her work as a force for women’s rights, was forced by the Inquisition to sign a blood oath totally rebuking her entire life’s work.

With Blood With INk

As for the much anticipated, regional premiere of Silent Night, composed by Kevin Puts with a libretto by Mark Campbell, this opera, which has already snagged a Pulitzer Prize in 2012, will be co-produced with the Minnesota Opera, Opera Philadelphia, and the Cincinnati Opera. It also forms part of the Fort Worth Opera’s recently declared Opera of the Americas format. Silent Night is based on the 2005 French film, Joyeux Noel, that recounted an almost mythic World War I Christmas Eve cease fire and truce agreed to by German, French, and Scottish troops. This opera will also feature the return of the ever-popular, Texas soprano, Ava Pine to the Bass Performance Hall stage.

Silent Night

Details: The Fort Worth Opera Festival marking its 68th company season: The Pearl Fishers opens on April 19th at the Bass Performance Hall. In French with projected English and Spanish supertitles. With Blood, With Ink opens April 20th at McDavid Studio, downtown Fort Worth. In English. Cosi fan tutte, opens April 26 at Bass Performance Hall. In Italian with projected English and Spanish supertitles. Silent Night opens May 4 at Bass Performance Hall. In English, French, German, and Latin, with projected English and Spanish supertitles. Frontiers Showcase #1 runs May 8, and Frontiers Showcase #2 runs May 9 – both at McDavid Studio in downtown Fort Worth. Season subscription ticket prices: $70-$519; individual tickets: $25-$200. More information: 817-731-0726;


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