Fort Worth Visit

A long time admirer of Darren Keith Woods, I’ve followed the amazing growth and success of Fort Worth Opera under his leadership. Last year I was privileged to work with the four Fort Worth Opera Studio artists. They were exuberant, talented, musically curious, and wonderful to work with.  It was my pleasure to return a few weeks ago to work with the Studio artists chosen for this season. The program, under the sage guidance of Darren Keith Woods and Hannah Guinn, offers four singers, chosen by a national audition process, year-long residency with FWOpera. In addition to lessons, coaching, and master classes, the singers are kept very busy with educational outreach, community performances, preview events, and roles and covers during the April/May festival. Their pianist, Stephen Carey, guides them musically through their many rehearsals and performances during the year. Being there felt like “family.” In the master class portion of my visit, it was clear that the singers and Stephen had all formed close bonds musically and personally. That allows for risks on the part of the performer and trust that they are in a supportive environment. In our individual sessions each singer wanted honest feedback and tangible tools to help hone their craft. I was impressed with the level of talent and the voices. I look forward to my continued association with Fort Worth Opera, and I look forward to watching these talented young singers take the opera world by storm! Bravi! They are on an amazing journey and have a multitude of opportunities for learning, performance and growth.

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