Donations at Work
It's normal to wonder how your generous donation can help Fort Worth Opera. Below you will find the Top 10 ways your donations help.
1. Casting talented and distinguished singers.
Generous donations make it possible for Fort Worth Opera to bring talented singers to Fort Worth. Placido Domingo starred in his first major American operatic role at Fort Worth Opera alongside Lily Pons who delivered her farewell operatic performance in the same production. Beverly Sills also launched her career in Fort Worth. Present day stars that have been in Fort Worth Opera productions are: Lauren Flanigan, Anthony Dean Griffey, Elizabeth Futral, Isabel Leonard, Stephen Costello, David Adam Moore, Robynne Redmon, plus many more.
2. Spectacular and critically-acclaimed productions staged by the finest directors.
The finest directors have been brought in to put on spectacular productions, which have significantly raised the quality we bring to the stage over the years. This has lead to a huge gain in local and national acclaim. A prime example is an article by classical music critic Scott Cantrell who called Fort Worth Opera one of the "country's premier opera festivals."
3. Development of new productions by Fort Worth Opera.
Fort Worth Opera has gained national and international attention from critics and audiences alike for its artistic quality and willingness to take risks. Those risks include developing and producing new works. Since the inception of the Festival, Fort Worth Opera has produced the following new works: 2007 Thomas Pasatieri's Frau Margot, 2008 Peter Eötvös Angels in America, 2009 Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking and 2010 Jorge Martín's Before Night Falls.
4. Exploration for and development of new talent.
All year long Fort Worth Opera's artistic team is in search of new and extraordinary talent for roles in the Festival operas. They also search for apprentice opera singers to join the Fort Worth Opera Studio, the company's young artist training program. Apprentices receive professional training and experience, perform roles in the Children's Opera Theatre shows, represent Fort Worth Opera during other community outreach events and perform roles in Festival operas.
5. Ownership of beautiful costumes and sets.
With the extraordinary support of donors, Fort Worth Opera has acquired many beautiful costumes and sets. Ownership of these items minimizes Fort Worth Opera's dependability on other organizations and saves thousands in rental fees. Besides the savings, the company now has another source of income from the rentals of the costumes and sets to other opera companies.
6. Fort Worth Opera boasts a highly successful children's opera education program.
The Children's Opera Theatre brings the exciting and colorful world of opera to approximately 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 by performing fully staged operas in schools. The company also makes opera accessible to older students by offering "Student Night at the Opera" and discounted tickets to shows.
7. Fort Worth Opera's continuous efforts in adult opera education.
Throughout the year Fort Worth Opera hosts various special events to educate and familiarize patrons with the upcoming Festival operas. Fort Worth Opera's educational and community outreach programs bring an operatic experience to people of every age, ethnic and social group. Additional educational efforts include projected English translations at performances, pre-performance lectures, quarterly mailed Libretto (printed newsletter), backstage tours, a bi-weekly e-Newsletter and a user-friendly website.
8. Staying abreast of technological advancements.
Opera is a multimedia art form in a multimedia age. From the technology needed for the stage to the Mac computer needed for creating online videos in the office, daily technological advances make it increasingly important for the organization to keep up with the Information Age demand. We have also found that by using online communications, like the bi-weekly e-newsletter, we can reach a much wider audience while relying less on printed materials, saving us money and helping the environment at the same time.
9. An integral component of the Fort Worth community.
Approximately 85% of Fort Worth Opera's annual budget is returned to Tarrant County each year. This is in due part to the usage of local performing arts groups, local vendors and services. Fort Worth Opera's increased prominence locally, nationally and internationally has led to increased tourism to Fort Worth by opera lovers, leading to more outside dollars being spent in Fort Worth and making the city a travel destination. Furthermore, fine arts like the opera, improve citizens; quality of life, and Fort Worth Opera enjoys being a large part of that,
10. Provide employment to hundreds.
Over 500 performers and production personnel are employed by Fort Worth Opera each year. This includes singers, actors, stagehands, hair and makeup artists, and local performing arts groups, such as the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, just to name a few..
So as you can see every donation is an integral part of our daily efforts to fulfill our mission and passion statements. Fort Worth Opera is constantly striving to be good stewards of your donation. Would you like to have a role in the success of Fort Worth Operafirstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations support community outreach such as Student Night at the Opera
Donations support programs such as Children's Opera Theatre.
Boys and Girls Club performance with FWO Studio Members and Connie Parks, Arts Director
Fort Worth Opera strives to bring variety to the artistic stage and supports American composers
by producing works such as Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking