Clarke Recital Hall in the Weeks Center for Recording and Performance
Presented by the Frost School of Music Department of Vocal Performance
Since being named general director in July 2001, Darren K. Woods has worked tirelessly to establish Fort Worth Opera’s reputation for high-quality, dynamic productions. Under his leadership, the company has gained national attention from critics and audiences alike for its artistic quality and willingness to take risks, and it is known throughout the operatic community as an organization that champions new and rarely-performed works. Opera News named him as one of top 25 influencers for the opera industry in 2012.With Woods’ guidance, Fort Worth Opera has created Frontiers, a new works showcase debuting in 2013 that will shine a spotlight on unpublished, original 21st-century works by composers from the Americas. Another substantial innovation, which initially began the revitalization of Fort Worth Opera’s image, launched in May 2007 when the company changed from a fall/winter schedule to a condensed, one-month long spring festival season. Woods’ tenure at Fort Worth Opera has led to a consistent increase in subscription and donor bases, a balanced budget for the eighth consecutive year, and a deepening commitment to education through the training of young singers with the Fort Worth Opera Studio. In 2011, Woods was appointed vice chairman for the board of Opera America, the national service organization for the art form, where he also serves on the finance and information services committees and chairs the artist services committee.
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