Fort Worth Opera Announces Librettists for ‘Frontiers’ Workshop

By Logan Martell

Fort Worth Opera has announced the six librettists whose works have been chosen for “Frontiers: FWO Libretto Workshop.”

These new works will be presented October 7 and 8, 2020, before a panel of industry leaders, hosted by Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award-winning librettist and lyricist Mark Campbell.

The first three works, to be presented on the first night, are “Home of my Ancestors” by Anita Gonzalez, “Higueras” by Alejandra Villarreal Martinez, and “The Sailmaker’s Wife” by Julian Crouch.

The second night will feature “Magpie” by Katlin Sullivan, “The Illustrator” by Josua Banbury, and “Song of the Last Cowboy” by Caitlin Vincent.

“This year has been extraordinary in both beautiful and terrible ways, and Fort Worth Opera wants to add to the beauty with six imaginative and inspiring librettos,” says FWO Artistic Director Joe Illick. “Part of our fall 2020 Season, we have reimagined the Frontiers program to include an online librettist workshop, to allow the public a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how new works come into being. This is your chance to hear how stories are conceived, developed, crafted, and sharpened until they reach you, the audience member, in their most engaging possible form. Whether you are a writer yourself, a theater or opera lover, or someone who has been fascinated by storytelling, these two evenings are for you!”