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Fort Worth Opera Presents One Year Anniversary Of NOCHES DE OPERA With FIESTA FORT WORTH

Fort Worth Opera Presents One Year Anniversary Of NOCHES DE OPERA With FIESTA FORT WORTH

Fort Worth Opera (FWOpera), in partnership with Telemundo, celebrates the first year of its bold new initiative, Noches de Ópera (Nights of Opera), with Fiesta Fort Worth, a family-friendly party in Sundance Square Plaza featuring a simulcast of the smash-hit mariachi opera Cruzar la Cara de la Luna for thousands of spectators. For the first time in the history of Fort Worth, an arts organization will feature a broadcast of a live theatrical performance in Bass Performance Hall projected onto a huge, high-definition screen for all North Texans to enjoy in Sundance Square.

This free event honors the incredible cultural diversity of our North Texas community and celebrates Latino culture and heritage while offering everyone across Fort Worth an opportunity to see the world's first mariachi opera, featuring the legendary Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán.

The city's 55,000 square foot outdoor plaza will be filed with local artists, such as Sol de Fort Worth Ballet Folklórico, Guitar Fort Worth, Ballet Folklórico Azteca de Fort Worth, JP Elder Middle School, Mariachi Espuelas de Plata of North Side High School, Ballet Folklórico de Fort Worth, Inc., a performer from the Kimbell Art Museum, and more.

The evening's festivities will feature family-oriented activities and appearances by prominent community leaders from Telemundo, Rep. Marc Veasey, FWISD Trustee Jacinto "Cinto" Ramos Jr., and Rep. Ramon Romero Jr. Fiesta Fort Worth and the simulcast of the opening-night performance of Cruzar la Cara de la Luna are made possible in part by the generosity of OPERA America, through The Opera Fund: Audience Development grant program.

ACTIVITIES:

FWOpera photo booth with fun props for the whole family

Thrilling live performances and exciting giveaways

A VIP party in the Sundance Square Pavilion

Simulcast: Four cameras will capture the North Texas premiere of Cruzar la Cara de la Luna live from inside Bass Hall and broadcast the performance to thousands of DFW residents in Sundance Square Plaza

WHEN: Saturday, April 29, 2017

Festivities: 5 pm to 7 pm

Simulcast: 7 pm to 10 pm

WHERE: Sundance Square Plaza

420 Main St.

Fort Worth, Texas

76102

COST: FREE

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES:

• Interview opportunities with key Fiesta Fort Worth speakers and FWOpera leaders

• News outlets, film crews and photographers are welcome to witness FWOpera's Fiesta Fort Worth and the first live theatrical simulcast in Sundance Square history

• North Texas residents can bring their blankets and lawn chairs to the plaza and experience the world's first mariachi opera with their families in the heart of downtown Fort Worth

• Some of the city's most gifted musicians, dancers, and artists will be showcasing their talents alongside inspirational speeches from prominent leaders throughout our community

ABOUT FORT WORTH OPERA: Founded in 1946, Fort Worth Opera is the oldest continually performing opera company in Texas, and one of the 14 oldest opera companies in the United States. The organization has received national attention from critics and audiences alike for its artistic excellence, pioneering spirit, and steadfast willingness to take risks. From its first world premiere, Frau Margot in 2007, to 2016's globally-anticipated new work JFK -- a co-commision with American Lyric Theater and Opéra de Montréal by the acclaimed creative duo of David T. Little and Royce Vavrek -- FWOpera continues to augment its worldwide reputation as a trailblazing, civically minded arts institution.

Known throughout the operatic world as a champion of new and rarely-performed works, FWOpera has taken a leadership role in engaging audiences beyond the operatic stage, while producing cutting-edge, contemporary operas. Beginning in 2017, FWOpera will launch the second phase of its landmark, 10-year Opera of the Americas initiative with Noches de Ópera (Nights of Opera), a groundbreaking campaign which will introduce powerful operas, each reflecting the diverse cultures of new American audiences.

The 2017 FWOpera Festival will include a time-honored classic, Bizet's incendiary tale of tragic seduction, Carmen; a vibrant, contemporary mainstage production unlike anything in FWOpera's repertoire, Cruzar la Cara de la Luna; and the riveting world premiere of Voir Dire, an insider's look into the disturbing, explicit, savagely brutal world of legal drama. The Festival will also usher in the fifth year of Fort Worth Opera's critically-acclaimed new works showcase, Frontiers.

Fort Worth Opera is sponsored in part by awards from The Arts Council of Fort Worth & Tarrant County, The City of Fort Worth, and the Texas Commission on the Arts. Additional Fort Worth Opera sponsors include: the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the Amon G. Carter Foundation; American Airlines; Art & Seek; Crystelle Waggoner Charitable Trust, Bank of America, Trustee; The Pangburn Foundation, J.P. Morgan Chase, Trustee; the Sid W. Richardson Foundation; Star-Telegram; and WFAA Channel 8.

2017 FWOpera Festival:

Grand Opening Night Concert:

Featuring Ava Pine, Michael Mayes, The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra & Special Guests

April 15

Carmen

April 22, 30, & May 5

Voir Dire

April 23, 25, 29, 30, & May 6

Cruzar la Cara de la Luna

April 29 & May 7

Frontiers

May 3 & 4


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