Video: Afton Battle

2020, CLASSICAL MUSIC + OPERA

A video interview with Afton Battle, the new General Director of Fort Worth Opera, on the company’s plans during COVID, equity and representation, and her background as an opera singer.

by Mark Lowry

published Monday, October 2, 2020

Fort Worth — Mark Lowry conducted a Zoom interview with Afton Battle, the new General Director of the Fort Worth Opera. She is the organization’s eighth person in that role in its 75 years, and its first woman and Black General Director.

 

In this interview, she talks about her background as a Texas native and an opera soprano (and her favorite composer to sing); transitioning from performing into administration; and working with dance, theater and visual art organizations and her hopes for collaborations with local and national arts groups. We also discuss the current moment regarding diversity and equity on and off the stage, and looking at casting and representation on the operatic stage.

And of course she offers some insight into what the company is planning during COVID-19, and what she’s planning for the near future and beyond, including what could happen with the world premiere of the Zorro opera that was supposed to happen in 2020, and the upcoming world premiere of The Last Dream of Frida y Diego, which had been planned for 2021.

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