An intimate and poetic drama about a man who changed the destiny of 20th century America. A spectacular work… moving music and a libretto with a few smiles to help illuminate the tears…
In a hotel room, twelve hours before the gunfire rings out in Dallas, Jack (John F.) and Jackie drift in and out of hallucinatory dreams, taking them to various times and places. The dreams explore the innermost struggles of these fragile humans, as their tragic fate swiftly approaches.
JFK - Teaser
JFK - Musical excerpts
JFK - Podcast
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Credits : Forth Worth - Marty Sohl and Karen Almond
JFK - Why you must see JFK
JFK - The story
JFK - The music
JFK - The cast
JFK - The composer
JFK - An artistic shift
JFK - A new work
JFK - Fort Worth
JFK - A perfect story for an opera
JFK - This work is not a requiem
David T. Little is “one of the most imaginative young composers” on the scene, a “young radical” (The New Yorker), with “a knack for overturning musical conventions” (The New York Times).
Royce Vavrek is an Alberta-born, Brooklyn-based librettist and lyricist known as “an exemplary creator of operatic prose” (The New York Times). His collaboration with composer David T. Little has led Heidi Waleson of The Wall Street Journal to proclaim them “one of the most exciting composer-librettist teams workingin opera today.”
"Few young stage directors in opera have demonstrated an intellectual drive to match Thaddeus Strassberger's."
- Opera News 'Opera's Next Wave' Feature
John F. Kennedy
Benoît Le Blanc
Billie Sol Estes
Raymond J. Buck
Steven R. Osgood
Sets Thaddeus Strassberger / Costumes Mattie Ullrich / Lighting Chad R. Jung / Orchestre symphonique de Montréal / Opéra de Montréal Chorus / Production Fort Worth Opera
Commissioned by Fort Worth Opera, Darren K. Woods, General Director; American Lyric Theater, Lawrence Edelson, Producing Artistic Director; and Opéra de Montréal. Commission underwritten by Linda H. & Richard N. Claytor, Ph.D. for Sophie. Historical research provided by William Madison. Dramaturgical support by Michael Cohen and Cori Ellison. Russian translations by Vita Tzykun.
Coproduction : Fort Worth Opera, American Lyric Theater, Opéra de Montréal