Wagner’s ‘Das Rheingold’ To Be Centerpiece of Fort Worth Opera’s 2018 Festival

By David Salazar

Fort Worth Opera’s 2018 Festival is slated to be monumental.

The company has announced that it will be opening its weeks-long event with a production of “Das Rheingold,” the first installment in Wagner’s Tetralogy “Der Ring des Nibelungen.”

“This is the first production of ‘Das Rheingold,’ or any opera from Wagner’s Ring Cycle, to be done in Fort Worth,” says FWO Music Director Joe Illick, according to the Star-Telegram.

The production will feature the musicians onstage alongside the singers with the overall setting transferred to a futuristic world.

It is also the first Wagner opera that the company presents since it showcased “The Flying Dutchman” two decades ago.

In addition to the Wagner showcase, the company will present a new production of Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale,” in which the titular character is a silent movie star that transitions into becoming a film director. To close out the festival, the company will present Astor Piazzolla’s “Maria de Buenos Aires” as part of its Noches de Opera.

This year, the company is featuring the mariachi opera “Crusa la Cara de La Luna” as part of the commitment to presenting new or recent Spanish-language opera. The company is also showcasing “Carmen” and the world premiere of “Voire Dire” as part of the 2017 festival.