Our Story


Our Mission: To educate, entertain, and expand the horizons of current and future audiences and artists through variety and artistic integrity.

Our Passion: To become recognized internationally as an organization that preserves and expands the transcending Art of opera.

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OUR STORY:

Over coffee one morning in 1946, Mrs. E L. (Eloise) Snyder and Mrs. August (Betty) Spain, both former opera singers, and Mrs. Jeanne Axtell Walker decided it was time for Fort Worth to launch an opera company of its own.
Founder Eloise Snyder


With the help of hundreds of community volunteers, these ladies pulled off what many thought to be an impossible feat, bringing together all of the necessary elements for a first-class opera production in just seven months. The Fort Worth Civic Opera Association, as it was then called, opened with its first production, La Traviata, on November 25 of that year.

From these inspired beginnings, Fort Worth Opera has continued to provide countless memorable performances. Who could forget the 1962 production of Lucia? Not only did Placido Domingo star in his first major operatic role in America in this production, but Lily Pons also delivered her farewell operatic performance. And, two years later, Beverly Sills' debut in Galatea left Fort Worth and the world clamoring for more.

Fort Worth Opera remains one of the 14 oldest opera companies in the entire nation, and the oldest continuously performing opera company in Texas.

In July of 2001, Fort Worth Opera hired its current general director, Darren K. Woods. Woods brought with him energy, enthusiasm, and a vast knowledge of the opera business. The 2002/03 season was Darren's first at Fort Worth Opera. During that season, the company revamped it's image with a new logo, new look, new strategic direction, new mission statement and a passion statement to capture the company's enthusiasm for great opera in Fort Worth.
The world premiere of Frau Margot with Lauren Flanigan & Morgan Smith


After 60 years of producing opera over the fall and winter, Fort Worth Opera embarked on a monumental change: it condensed its entire schedule to an annual spring festival – with all of its operas and concerts being presented over a four week period and multiple operas being performed on each weekend. The inaugural Fort Worth Opera Festival opened in May, 2007 and featured the company's first main-stage world premiere, Frau Margot, by composer Thomas Pasatieri.

Fort Worth Opera also boasts a highly successful opera education program. The Children's Opera Tour brings the exciting and colorful world of opera to nearly 40,000 school children each year across the state of Texas. The tour provides the first experience with classical music and drama for many elementary and middle school students. Fort Worth Opera's other educational and community outreach programs bring an operatic experience to people in every age, ethnic and social group.

Over 500 performers and production personnel are employed by Fort Worth Opera each year. This includes local performing arts groups, such as the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Dallas Ballet and the Texas Boys Choir. Approximately 85% of Fort Worth Opera's annual budget is returned to Tarrant County.


            Fort Worth Opera Repertory

1946-2014


1946-1965
1965-1981
1981-2000
2000-2014
1946-1947
La Traviata
Madame Butterfly


1947-1948
Pagliacci
The Old Maid and the Thief
Rigoletto


1948-1949
Carmen
La bohème
The Bartered Bride
The Texas Mikado


1949-1950
Faust

1950-1951
Rosalinda
The Marriage of Figaro
The Girl of the Golden West

1951-1952
Lucia di Lammermoor
The Merry Widow
Il Trovatore

1952-1953
The Desert Song
Tosca
Cavalleria Rusticana
Gianni Schicchi

1953-1954
Hansel and Gretel
Madame Butterfly

1954-1955
Capriccio (last scene)
Salome
Carmen
Martha


1955-1956
Faust
The Marriage of Figaro
Rosalinda
La bohème


1956-1957
Madame Butterfly
The Barber of Seville
La Traviata

1957-1958
Don Pasquale
Tosca
Aida


1958-1959
Rigoletto
The Magic Flute
Carmen

1959-1960
Martha
Manon
Il Trovatore

1960-1961
La bohème
A Masked Ball
Samson and Delilah


1961-1962
Boris Godunov
Madame Butterfly
The Bartered Bride

 
1962-1963
Lucia di Lammermoor
Cavalleria Rusticana
Turandot


1963-1964
La Traviata
Tosca
The Tales of Hoffmann
Faust


1964-1965
Rigoletto
Pagliacci
The Beautiful Galatea
Lakmé
Lohengrin

 
1965-1966
Carmen
The Abduction from the Seraglio
The Gypsy Baron
La bohème


1966-1967
Madame Butterfly
Samson and Delilah
The Barber of Seville
Otello

1967-1968
Aida
The Marriage of Figaro
Manon Lescaut
Lucia di Lammermoor


1968-1969
La Traviata
Don Pasquale
Turandot
Romeo and Juliet

1969-1970
Tosca
Die Fledermaus
A Masked Ball
Andrea Chenier


1971-1971
The Ballad of Baby Doe
La bohème
Don Giovanni
Carmen

1971-1972
Faust
La Rondine
The Barber of Seville
Rigoletto

1972-1973
The Tales of Hoffmann
The Elixir of Love
Madame Butterfly
Il Trovatore

1973-1974
Lucia di Lammermoor
The Marriage of Figaro
Salome
Cavalleria Rusticana and
Pagliacci


1974-1975
Hansel and Gretel
La Traviata
The Daughter of the Regiment
Il Tabarro and Gianni Schicchi
Samson and Delilah


1975-1976
La bohème
Susannah
La Perichole
Aida


1976-1977
Carmen
The Mikado
Tosca
Der Rosenkavalier

1977-1978
The Old Maid and the Thief
Madame Butterfly
The Magic Flute
Boris Godunov
Die Fledermaus

1978-1979
Signor Deluso
Rigoletto
H.M.S. Pinafore
The Barber of Seville
Manon

1979-1980
Sweet Betsy from Pike
La bohème
The Merry Widow
Fidelio
Il Trovatore

1980-1981
Chanticleer
La Traviata
The Pirates of Penzance
The Goose Girl
Elektra
Faust

1981-1982
Lucia di Lammermoor
The Seagull
The Telephone
The Flying Dutchman
Carmen


1982-1983
Tosca
The Gondoliers
Don Giovanni
Eugene Onegin


1983-1984
The Pearl Fishers
Madame Butterfly
The Barber of Seville
Verdi Requiem


1984-1985
Die Fledermaus
Manon Lescaut
The Postman Always Rings Twice
Agrippina
Aida

1985-1986
Cavalleria Rusticana andPagliacci
Hansel and Gretel
La Traviata

1986-1987
The Marriage of Figaro
La Gioconda
La bohème


1987-1988
Rigoletto
The Mikado
The Magic Flute


1988-1989
Faust
The Barber of Seville
Madame Butterfly

1989-1990
Hansel and Gretel
The Elixir of Love
Tosca


1990-1991
Holy Blood and CrescentMoon
The Daughter of the Regiment
Carmen


1991-1992
The Abduction from the Seraglio
H.M.S. Pinafore
Lucia di Lammermoor

1992-1993
La Traviata
Don Pasquale
The Telephone
The Old Maid and the Thief

1993-1994                        
La bohème
Don Giovanni
Madame Butterfly

1994-1995
Samson and Delilah
Così fan tutte
Tosca


1995-1996
Il Trovatore
The Barber of Seville
Carmen


1996-1997
Faust
The Elixir of Love
Rigoletto


1997-1998
La Traviata
The Flying Dutchman
La bohème


1998-1999
Turandot
Don Giovanni
Tosca


1999-2000
Aida
Lucia di Lammermoor
Madame Butterfly


 
2000-2001
The Marriage of Figaro
Susannah
The Tales of Hoffmann


2001-2002
Candide
Carmen
Norma
Porgy and Bess

2002-2003
The Barber of Seville
Romeo and Juliet
Don Pasquale


2003-2004
Rigoletto
The Turn of the Screw
The Pirates of Penzance
The Italian Girl in Algiers


2004-2005
Salome
Little Women
Tosca


2005-2006
La Traviata
Dialogues of the Carmelites
La bohème


2007 Festival
Madame Butterfly
Falstaff
Frau Margot (world premiere)

2008 Festival
Turandot
Lucia di Lammermoor
Of Mice and Men
Angels in America


2009 Festival
Carmen
Cinderella
Dead Man Walking


2010 Festival
Don Giovanni
Elixir of Love
Before Night Falls (world premiere)

 
2011 Festival
The Mikado
Il Trovatore
Julius Caesar
Hydrogen Jukebox

2012 Festival
Tosca
The Marriage of Figaro
Lysistrata
Three Decembers

2013 Festival
La bohème
The Daughter of the Regiment
Ariadne auf Naxos
Glory Denied

2014 Festival
The Pearl Fishers
Così fan tutte
Silent Night
With Blood, With Ink