Fort Worth Opera announced Monday it has been named the recipient of a special one-year grant of $25,000 from the city of Fort Worth’s Promotion and Development Fund.
This marks the second time FWOpera has received this award since the company ushered in its internationally-acclaimed spring Festival in 2007. The grant will support the company’s 70th anniversary season and the world premiere of FWOpera’s commissioned opera JFK, by David T. Little and Royce Vavrek, opening the 2016 FWOpera Festival at Bass Performance Hall on April 23, 2016.
In announcing the grant, FWOpera General Director Darren K. Woods said: “We have worked tirelessly to bring our community the finest operatic experiences possible each year, and to establish Fort Worth as a destination city for opera lovers from around the world. Our 2016 Festival, and in particular JFK, will shine an international spotlight on our Fort Worth and its culture of warmth and hospitality.”
JFK is an opera about John F. Kennedy’s final night and subsequent morning in Fort Worth on Nov. 22, 1963.
Fort Worth Opera is sponsored in part by awards from The Arts Council of Fort Worth & Tarrant County, The city of Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Promotion and Development Fund, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Texas Commission on the Arts. Additional Fort Worth Opera sponsors include: American Airlines; Art & Seek; Crystelle Waggoner Charitable Trust, Bank of America, Trustee; The Pangburn Foundation, J.P. Morgan Chase, Trustee; Star-Telegram; and WFAA Channel 8.