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A “JFK” Opera is Coming to Montreal

A “JFK” Opera is Coming to Montreal

This January, Opéra de Montréal is presenting a piece by American composer David T. Little and Canadian librettist Royce Vavrek about John F. Kennedy. Called JFK, this opera explores the hours in John and Jackie’s Kennedy’s Fort Worth, Texas hotel room leading up to their fateful departure on the day of JFK’s assassination.

It’s an exciting moment for Opéra de Montréal! The composer and librettist for this opera have been called “one of the most exciting composer-librettist teams working in opera today” by the Wall Street Journal.

Originally presented by the Fort Worth Opera, this piece offers spectators a unique perspective into the dream-states of this complex and fascinating couple.

JFK has received amazing reviews. The Washington Post called it “a work of art that can communicate with a broader audience without sacrificing its integrity.”


Restless in the Presidential Suite at the Hotel Texas in Fort Worth, as two of the three fates guide the Kennedys toward the impending tragedy—a third fate awaits in Dallas—they drift into sleep. In vivid dream states—both natural and narcotic—the opera explores the subconscious of this complicated couple, examining their physical and emotional pain, their joy and love, and their metamorphosis into American myth.

The Canadian premiere of JFK is at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier on January 27, and will be followed by more representations on January 30, and February 1st and 3. Tickets are on sale now, starting at $25.

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