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The Big Deal: Fort Worth Opera Festival 2018

by Zoee Acosta 18 Apr 2018 8:32 AM

 Fort Worth Opera breaks out the bubbly, as they transport you to the golden era of Hollywood in the1950s with “Don Pasquale.” An aging silent film star sets off to resurrect his ailing career and find a wife and heir to his fortune, but he gets more than he bargained for once he weds the gold-digging starlet Norina. Tinseltown turns Technicolor in this riotous bel canto romp by visionary director Chuck Hudson. Don Pasquale is played with fine-tuned flair by Turkish bass-baritone Burak Bilgili. Grammy Award-winning soprano Audrey Luna plays the celebrated starlet Norina. Known for her “blazing coloratura” (Opera News) and vocal pyrotechnics, Luna returns to Fort Worth after making Metropolitan Opera history by singing the highest note ever recorded in the company’s 130-year history. Winning tickets will be good for opening the opening night performance on April 28, 7:30 p.m. at Bass Performance Hall.


Never before has composer Astor Piazzolla and librettist-poet Horacio Ferrer’s tango opera, “María de Buenos Aires,” been presented by an opera company in North Texas – until now.  Argentinean mezzo-soprano Solange Merdinian stars as the ill-fated María, a young woman living in the slums of Buenos Aires, who finds herself seduced by the sounds of tango. Commanding Mexican-American baritone Luis Alejandro Orozco, reprises his acclaimed role of El Payador, the traveling, romantic balladeer. Rounding out this talented cast is the three-time Emmy-winning journalist, SuperLatina TV host, and best-selling author Gaby Natale, who plays the mischievous El Duende. Winning tickets will be good for opening night on April 27, 7:30 p.m. at the Bass Performance Hall. 


Be sure you take the time now to peruse our other offerings this week. Check out this deal for tickets to “The Humans” at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas or  “A New American Sculpture, 1914–1945: Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman, and Zorach” exhibition catalogue courtesy of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.

Please note: Only Art&Seek newsletter subscribers are eligible for the Big Deal. If you’re not yet receiving our weekly emails then you’re missing out! You’ll want to take care of that first here before you sign up below. We pick our winners on Friday so be sure to check your inbox!

Sign up here for a chance to see “Don Pasquale” on April 28.

UPDATE: We have our winners. Thanks for playing!

Sign up here for a chance to see “María de Buenos Aires” on April 27

UPDATE: We have our winners. Check this space for more Big Deals next week.