Magazine July 5, 2010, Issue

An Opera Apart

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Fort Worth, Texas — Fort Worth, they say, is “Where the West Begins.” And residents of this city like to joke that nearby Dallas is “Where the East Peters Out.” The opera company in Fort Worth has a slogan of its own — a pun: “Where the Fest Begins.” Every year, usually in late May and early June, Fort Worth Opera puts on a festival, and this year it consists of three operas: Don Giovanni, The Elixir of Love, and Before Night Falls. The last of these is a new opera by a Cuban-American composer, Jorge Martín. It’s based on

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