Soprano Ava Pine (Marie) with soldier ch

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.


Afton Battle

General Director

Joe Illick

Artistic Director


Janna Hinebaugh

Director of Special Events

and Development

Beth Getchell

Institutional Giving Officer

Nikki Washington

Sr. Manager of Artistic and Production Administration

Sophie Claytor

Development Assistant


Sheran Goodspeed Keyton

Director of COT Production and Civic Impact

Charlene Lotz DMA

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

Meredith Browning

Educational Outreach Assistant


Faye Falconnier

Accountant and Business Operations 

Mary Goosens



Ryan Lathan

Director of Marketing and Communications

Chris Robinson

Sr. Manager of Design and Digital Content

Collins Osei

Director of IT and Systems Administration

Eddie Floresca

Box Office Lead


Alfrelynn Roberts

Chorus Master

Chad R. Jung

Resident Designer

Justin A. Miller

Director of Production