In Review

Fort Worth

Henry Stewart

Imagine if "Camelot" opened with Arthur and Guinevere half-naked and high, and you'll have a sense of David T. Little and Royce Vavrek's ravishing grand opera, "JFK," whose world premiere opened Fort Worth's seventieth anniversary season on April 23 at Bass Hall--a few blocks away from the city's memorial to the murdered president, who spent his last night in the hotel across the street. Daniel Okulitch was hilarious as a lascivious LBJ who needed to be ordered sternly to keep his pants on, lest he introduce the room to "Jumbo"; dressed in an outlandish white Western suit with sparkling red and blue stars (designed by Mattie Ullrich), Okulitch sang Johnson's Coplandesque prairie songs with matte tone and a little twang; one number, about a horse, was sung to a sex worker wearing lacy black lingerie.

Journal Opera News
Year 2016
Volume 81
Issue 1
Pages 41-42

Stewart, Henry (2016) In Review: Fort Worth. In: Opera News, Vol. 81, No. 1, pp. 41-42. Available at


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