JFK, an opera that traces the last day in the life of President John F. Kennedy, is having its world premiere at the Bass Performance Hall, three blocks from the hotel where the President spent his final night.
The opera has music by David T. Little (Dog Days) and a libretto by Royce Vavrek (Dog Days, 27, Midwestern Gothic).
Commissioned by Fort Worth Opera to celebrate its 70th anniversary, the opera is scheduled to be performed May 1 and 7. The story of the young President's final hours before his journey to Dallas, where he was assassinated November 22, 1963, is narrated by a hotel maid and a Secret Service agent, who act as Greek Fates.
Matthew Worth and Daniela Mack play John and Jackie; the cast also feature Cree Carrico as the President's sister, Daniel Okulitch as Vice President Lyndon Johnson and Casey Finnigan as Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschev. They perform to music played by the Fort Worth Symphony.