We already knew that next year, Fort Worth Opera would present the world premiere adaptation of Before Night Falls, Reinaldo Arenas’ memoir of growing up poor, gay and artistic in Fidel Castro’s Cuba. The book, previously made into the 2000 film directed by Julian Schnabel with Javier Bardem as Arenas, will be adapted by composer Jorge Martin. (Hmmm, it’s the second area premiere by FWOpera of a movie-based opera — after the current offering, Dead Man Walking.)
Now comes the announcement of the festival’s other two shows: Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love. The festival will run May 22-June 6, 2010 at Bass Performance Hall.
Other than the festival, FWOpera will present an English-language, scaled-back production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel Dec. 10-13 at the Rose Marine Theater. And it will host public performances at the Scott Theatre, productions of Children’s Opera Theatre shows that are normally performed in schools: The Three Little Pigs (March 15) and The Billy Goats Gruff (March 19).
Current 2009 ticket holders will get priority seating along with a special discount and can order their tickets now. The general public will not get their seats until after Aug. 1. Season tickets range from $33-$394. Individual tickets go on sale Sept. 1 and range from $17-$154. Go to the opera’s website or call 1-877-FWOPERA.