Today, David T. Little's new opera, JFK, with a libretto by Royce Vavrek, will receive its world première performance at Fort Worth Opera.
It is the composer's third opera after Soldier Songs (2011) and Dog Days (2012).
The opera offers an intimate portrait of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy on the eve of the President's fateful trip to Dallas. Set in downtown Fort Worth's historic Hotel Texas, the opera recounts moments from the couples' personal and political lives. (reproduced from the Fort Worth Opera website)The cast includes baritone Matthew Worth (President John F. Kennedy), mezzo soprano Daniela Mack (Jacqueline Kennedy), soprano Talise Trevigne (maid Clara Harris), tenor Sean Panikkar (secret serviceman Henry Rathbone) and bass baritone Daniel Okulitch (Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson). Steven Osgood conducts the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Thaddeus Strassberger directs.