The Fort Worth Opera (FWOpera) is creating the Fort Worth Opera National Artistic Council to help guide and support the company in educational programs and artistic endeavors as it starts its 72nd year. The Council’s creation was announced on July 7 and will be led by Plácido Domingo, an international opera star, impresario and conductor.
“I am honored to be named Chairman of the Fort Worth Opera National Artistic Council. As the company enters an exciting new era, I am thrilled to join my fellow artists in guiding Fort Worth Opera’s bright and hopeful future,” said L.A. Opera’s Eli and Edythe Broad General Director Domingo in a news release. “Together, with your support, we can continue the company’s proud tradition of innovation and artistic excellence for generations to come.”
The Council will be a long-term part of FWOpera and an integral component of its foundation. One of the duties of the council will be to advise the company’s General Director and staff on singers and repertoire choices.
The news release said that other functions of the Council will include:
– Helping FWOpera stay current with larger opera trends
– Receive and evaluate the Fort Worth community’s input
– Be a liaison to other opera professionals for the organization
– Resource and Advocate for FWOpera
– Assist in creating FWOpera’s long-range strategic plans in conjunction with current plans such as the second phase of its 10-year Opera of the Americas initiative, Noches de Ópera, that is a 4-year celebration of Latino culture and heritage and Spanish language operas.
– Offer insight into new works that are in development by some of the most talented 21st century librettists and composers.
– Help FWOpera continue its history as a champion of contemporary, cutting-edge opera by ensuring that it stays at the top of the industry in producing modern masterpieces, as well as, traditional classics.
The news release said that the council will be made up of renowned artists, directors and classical musicians.
The announcement occurs in the second month of FWOpera FOREWORD, a summer-long campaign that aims to secure FWOpera’s legacy as the oldest opera company in Texas, celebrate Fort Worth’s rich stories, cultural vibrancy and history.
For more information about FWOpera FOREWORD go to: fwforeword.org.