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Children's Opera Theatre (COT)

Studies show that a positive experience with arts education not only encourages a lifelong relationship with the arts, but often opens the windows of curiosity leading to a new enthusiasm and discipline for learning in general.

Fort Worth Opera and Children's Opera Theatre are dedicated to expanding the horizons of young people across the state of Texas, while concentrating our efforts in North Texas. Since 1972, Fort Worth Opera has opened millions of young minds to the colorful and exciting world of opera.

Students at a Childrens Opera Performance.
Courtesy of Fort Worth ISD

 2014-2015 Children's Opera Theatre Productions

We are now booking for the 2014-2015 school year!  Contact Hannah Guinn to book a performance at your school: or 817-288-1219. 

The Ugly Duckling     A Children's Opera Theatre performance of The Ugly Duckling.


Billy Goats Gruff

The operatic version of this story is based on scenes from operas by Mozart, Donizetti, and Rossini. An after-school game of hide and seek is ruined for three friends when a big bully blocks a bridge, and the two boy goats decide to go for help. The girl goat stays to confront the bully, but shows him kindness instead. By the end, she is able to introduce the ex-bully as their new friend. Billy Goats Gruff addresses the current issue of bullying, and teaches the students that compassion and understanding helps everyone get along.

Download Billy Goats Gruff Teacher's Guide.

The Ugly Duckling

Based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen and composed by Andrew Duncan, the Ugly Duckling doesn't fit in with the other ducklings because she looks and sounds different than they do. The ducklings learn to appreciate the ugly duckling's intelligence though when she stops the big bad wolf from eating them because she read about his usual tricks in a book. The Ugly Duckling promotes reading, working together, and accepting differences in other people.  

Download The Ugly Duckling Teacher's Guide.

Children's Opera Theatre Production Highlights

  • Productions appropriate for pre-K-5th grade
  • 45 minutes in length with Q and A session
  • Sung in English
  • Downloadable teacher's guide provided with each booking includes pre and post opera activities and worksheets to integrate opera into student's existing curriculum
  • Professionally directed, costumed and staged
  • Professional singers and musicians from the FWOpera Studio perform
  • A FUN and UNFORGETTABLE experience!

In-School Performances and Discounts

We travel state-wide (additional fees may apply), and our flexible self-sufficient productions can be performed in almost any gym, cafetorium, auditorium, or stage. Booking fees are based on a per-student fee of only $2.25 with a minimum $550.00 per performance. There is no charge for teachers/support staff.

Are you far enough from Fort Worth that we'd have to stay overnight? Find a sister school (or two) that we could perform at on the same day or next day as yours and you can split the travel costs!  We have spent several days in the Panhandle and in San Antonio. Coordinate with a few other schools and you could save a lot of money.

Available booking dates:
Our dates for this year are September 15, 2014 - March 20, 2015 (with a holiday break in late December/early January). Contact Hannah Guinn to book a performance at your school: or 817-288-1219.