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David T. Little's 'JFK' Opera to Premiere at Fort Worth April 2016, Royce Varek Composing Libretto

by Ian Holubiak   Aug 16, 2014 09:11 AM EDT

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The Kennedys will receive an exciting new tribute in David T. Little's forthcoming opera JFK, a new performance that details the ultimate twelve hours of JFK's life. The world premiere will take place at the Fort Worth Opera on April 23, 2016, but a preview workshop will come in November via The American Lyric Theater.

The workshop will feature the singers who will perform in the premiere in Fort Worth. The cast will be announced Monday but the New York Times states that singers will include baritone Matthew Worth in the title role, the mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack as Jackie Kennedy and bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch as Lyndon B. Johnson.

The libretto composition is done by Royce Varek, and in association with Little, the duo gave an early libretto reading last November at the Fort Worth Hilton--formerly known as the Hotel Texas (where Kennedy stayed before the assassination).

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