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About Us


The mission of Fort Worth Opera is to enrich people's lives with performances and programs that educate, entertain, inspire, and expand the horizons of current and future audiences.


Fort Worth Opera is committed to maintaining the highest possible standards of equality; to embracing diversity, giving voice to qualified people of all genders, races, and orientations, on and off the stage; and to transmitting to people of all ages the highest possible standards of fundamental human decency and a civil society.


Fort Worth Opera is committed to producing opera of the highest possible artistic quality and integrity; to identifying and training talented young American singers; to serving as a crucible for creating new American operas; to joining forces with other arts organizations in significant collaborations; and to stimulating curiosity and creativity in people of all ages through its Education Program.



Our vision is to bring the communities of Fort Worth and North Texas closer together through inclusive musical experience, to cultivate young singers into the next generation of opera stars, and to be a world-renowned venue for new and innovative operatic works. We seek to bring the world of opera to Fort Worth and represent Fort Worth to the opera world.


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Afton Battle

General Director

Joe Illick, Conductor; Photo by Babak Do

Joe Illick

Artistic Director



Janna Hinebaugh

Director of Special Events

and Development

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Brenda Turner

Associate Director of Development


Beth Getchell

Institutional Giving Officer


Sheran Goodspeed Keyton

Director of COT Production and Civic Impact

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Charlene Lotz DMA

Head of Music & Music Director for Children's Opera Theatre

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Meredith Browning

Educational Outreach Assistant


Nikki Washington

Sr. Manager of Artistic and
COT Production Administration


Faye Falconnier

Accountant and Business Operations 


Mary Goosens



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Chris Robinson

Sr. Manager of Design
and Digital Content

Collins Osei

Director of IT
and Systems Administration


Ariana Stephens

Box Office Lead

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Justin A. Miller

Director of Production

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Jacob Hope

Assistant Production Manager


Alfrelynn Roberts

Director of Artistic Operations

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Chad R. Jung

Resident Designer