Fort Worth Opera presents Zorro
The 2021-2022 season marks the fourth year of Noches de Ópera, Fort Worth Opera's celebration of Spanish-language operas and Latino(a) culture, heritage, and artistry. Following 2017’s Cruzar la Cara de la Luna, 2018’s María de Buenos Aires, and the world’s second mariachi opera, El Pasado Nunca se Termina, the company will premiere composer-librettist Héctor Armienta’s masked avenger opera, Zorro.
Based upon the popular pulp fiction novels of prolific American pulp writer Johnston McCulley, the new work is filled with romance, danger, and sword-fighting suspense. The action begins in early 19th century Spain within the Mountain Fortress of the Order of Zarzueta. A scholarly student named Diego trains to become a master swordsman and a skilled marksman. One fateful day, his enlightened master carves a letter “Z” into his upper arm and sends him back to the place of his birth in Alta, California. There it is said he will find his destiny and give the Order a new life. However, once he arrives in New Spain, he encounters a grave evil like none he has faced before. Donning a black mask to conceal his true identity, Zorro is born, and he wields his sharp sword to fight for the oppressed.