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Brief Encounters with Fort Worth Opera
April 30, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0$39
Fort Worth Opera announces the exciting cast and artistic team of Brief Encounters, a witty, gripping trio of 15-minute pocket operas about love and marriage to be featured during the 2018 Fort Worth Opera Festival. Part of the company’s heralded, alternative venue series, Opera Unbound, Brief Encounters features selections by composer-librettist Mark Adamo (Little Women, Lysistrata), composer Jake Heggie (Moby-Dick, Dead Man Walking), and Fort Worth Opera Artistic Director Joe Illick (Emma, Gunpoint), who also serves as music director and pianist for the performances. Festival audiences will be invited to step onto the battlefield of love and witness three unique tales of desire, doubt, fear, and longing. William Florescu, General Director of Florentine Opera in Milwaukee, directs a talented cast of rising and established opera stars. Soprano Maren Weinberger (The Barber of Seville, Buried Alive | Embedded), mezzo-soprano Kate Tombaugh, tenor Javier Abreu (Before Night Falls), and baritone Samuel Schultz, are joined by international operatic bass and Broadway actor Zachary James (The Addams Family, South Pacific) to bring these mini-operas to life. Performances of Brief Encounters will be held at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens. In Avow, Mark Adamo highlights the pre-wedding jitters and comical inner monologues of a young couple about to walk down the aisle. Jake Heggie and librettist David Patrick Stearns’ modern fable Again, explores the darker side of relationships and domestic violence, with a behind-the-scenes look at the four main protagonists of I Love Lucy. The lively trio concludes with Feel the Tango, Joe Illick and librettist Susan Westfall’s hilarious portrait of a jaded married couple whose Friday night takes an unexpected turn once they step into their favorite Spanish restaurant.