The inaugural 2007 Fort Worth Opera Festival (which will be in lieu of the fall/winter lineup for 2006-07) will include the world premiere of Frau Margot, which marks composer Thomas Pasatieri's return to opera after 20 years writing film scores. Frank Corsaro, who is writing the libretto based on a play he authored, will direct; Joseph Illick conducts; Lauren Flanigan will sing the title role. Alison Nalder is the set designer and costumes are by Steven Bryant.
Other highlights include Puccini's Madama Butterfly, with Angela Maria Blasi in the title role and David Pomeroy as B.F. Pinkerton, and Verdi's Falstaff. The company is also partnering with the Van Cliburn Foundation to produce a concert version of Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle to celebrate its inaugural festival.
All Performances will be held at Bass Performance Hall, downtown Fort Worth, Texas.
Fort Worth Opera was founded in 1946; according to the company it is the oldest, regularly performing opera company in Texas.