Thursday, May 22, 2008

Events Upcoming in Fort Worth:

The Fort Worth Opera at Bass Hall

I am commenting on only two of the many good performances Bass Hall is hosting in the next month. For a more complete calendar please visit their website at

Turandot / Puccini / May 24, June 1 and June 6.

Luciano Pavarotti made popular the Nessun Dorma aria from this opera, Turandot. The final "vincero" brings me to tears every time I hear it. Everyone should see Turandot at least once. Trust me, this stuff is better than any movie you'll see this year.

Story line from Fort Worth Opera website:
Peking, legendary times. In a quarter near the Forbidden City, a Mandarin reads an edict: any prince seeking to marry Princess Turandot must answer three riddles - and if he fails, he will die. Her latest suitor is executed at Turandot’s command. In the crowd, Calaf is smitten with the princess’ beauty and goes before the princess to answer the riddles, which he does to her great distress. . .
Lucia Di Lammermoor / Donizetti / May 25, 30 and June 1.
Sung in Italian with English sub-titles. Known as one of the greatest Italian romantic operas and for its soaring soprano arias. I have not seen this opera but I am very excited that Bass Hall is hosting it. Story line from Fort Worth Opera website:
Lucia is on cloud nine; Edgardo has asked her to marry him and she is thrilled at the possibility. Unbeknownst to her, though, her brother has arranged a politically tidy marriage to another man and sets out to make sure it happens, to tragic consequences.

Kimbell Art Museum / The Impressionists / June 29th

Okay, it's a few weeks before it gets here but this is pretty exciting for Impressionist enthusiasts. A one-of-a-kind exhibition on loan from Chicago.


The Colonial or Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial / May 19 - May 25

For local golf lovers, socialites, and just outdoor beer drinkers, this is a great event and one of the events of the year. I'm not a golfer but I do enjoy watching the sport -- but even if you don't like golf, the Colonial is worth a visit. And this year at least Michelson is playing.

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