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On the heels of the Dallas Museum of Art’s blockbuster Mexico show, the Fort Worth Opera is going international for its next world premiere.  

The official announcement will be made from Mexico City in three weeks. The new opera will focus on the lives of Mexico’s iconic artistic couple, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.

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Fort Worth Opera’s JFK gets its world premiere Saturday. It recounts President Kennedy’s last night on earth, which many may not know was in Fort Worth. The opera blends other forgotten facts with fantasy in a story that some are calling the most anticipated new opera of the American season.

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The Fort Worth Opera has pulled the plug on the sci-fi opera A Wrinkle in Time, the $1.2 million world premiere by American composer Libby Larsen that was to have anchored the company's 2015 festival.

General director Darren K. Woods says the festival will shrink from four productions to three next year because the company's fundraising has not kept up with rising costs.

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Most people associate opera with the diva’s high notes, but some classics require the voice of a child. So when Puccini’s much loved La Bohème opened the Fort Worth Opera Festival last weekend (it repeats Sunday), 16 kids took the stage alongside Rodolpho and Mimi.

The Fort Worth Opera's future is brimming with premieres. New works from North and South America are a major focus. One of them, 'JFK,' is based on the fallen president's last day, which was in Fort Worth. Darren Woods, director, talks to Krys Boyd about the dedication behind this 10-year Opera of the Americas project and its local and regional relevance on 'Think' at 1 p.m.