Fort Worth Opera will inaugurate the tenth anniversary Festival season and celebrate the culmination of the first phase of its Opera of the Americas initiative with the world premiere of JFK – a FWOpera and American Lyric Theater co-commission – by the acclaimed creative duo of David T. Little and Royce Vavrek. JFK offers an intimate portrait of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy on the eve of the President’s fateful trip to Dallas. Set in downtown Fort Worth’s historic Hotel Texas, the opera recounts moments from the couples’ personal and political lives and features an impressive cast of FWOpera favorites including baritone Matthew Worth (Three Decembers) as President John F. Kennedy, Talise Trevigne (Hamlet) in the role of hotel maid Clara Harris, Sean Panikkar (La Bohème, The Pearl Fishers)as secret serviceman Henry Rathbone, andDaniel Okulitch (Little Women, Frau Margot, Dead Man Walking) as Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson. Mezzo soprano Daniela Mack will make her FWOpera debut in the poignant role of Jacqueline Kennedy, with additional debuts from Cree Carrico as Rosemary Kennedy and Katharine Goeldner as Jackie Onassis.
Thaddeus Strassberger (Hamlet) will return as director and set designer, while conductor Steven Osgood (Hydrogen Jukebox) will conduct the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra through Little’s colorful score.