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Children's Opera Theatre

Studies show that a positive experience with arts education not only encourages a lifelong relationship with the arts, but often opens windows of curiosity that lead 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, with concentrated efforts across the North Texas area. Since 1966, Fort Worth Opera has opened millions of young minds to the colorful and exciting world of opera.

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COT performance below!

The classic fairy tale comes to life in a magical way! With beautiful music by Engelbert Humperdinck, children will delight to the story of two lost children, an evil witch, and a whimsical candy house. Ideal for K-6th grades

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A lively and beautiful celebration of Hispanic heritage, this choreographed concert weaves the struggles, hopes, and dreams of Spanish-speaking people in America into a breathtaking festival of color and song. Ideal for all ages


Student to the Stage

Target Audience: 5th - 8th Grade

Student to the Stage is an extremely rare opportunity for students to hear a professional singer perform an array of music, tell their history, and allow the students to ask questions. Set in an intimate space, this 45-minute program allows students to be up close and personal with the performing artist. Since the majority of students are either unsure of their final career choice or they have no idea at all, it is very refreshing for them to speak with someone not far removed from the same situation. The performing artist will creatively, energetically, and interactively explain how they went from being a student to being a professional performer on the stage!

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Target Audience: 9th - 12th Grade​

Fort Worth Opera Children’s Opera Theatre Masterclass, presented by the Lesley Resident Artists, is an opportunity for selected middle and high school vocal students to have professional coaching in preparation for the state UIL competition. This two-hour session includes a one-on-one assessment of each student's solo performance piece. The Resident Artists will provide a detailed Choral Adjudicator Form which is standard to the Texas UIL competition. In addition, the artists perform for the students as a live demonstration of the stage presence component. Students in recent years have benefitted greatly from this individual coaching, and their peers find the observation mutually beneficial. Fort Worth Opera COT Masterclass is the ideal way to give students a real sense of what their UIL experience will be!

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Each FWO Arts-In-Place digital packet will include links for students and their families to download comprehensive study guides and entertaining videos (not all produced by FWO) of Puccini’s La Bohème, Strauss II’s Revenge of the Bat (Die Fledermaus), and a sneak peak of Héctor Armienta’s thrilling new opera Zorro (and other Zorro-inspired performances), plus a live performance of the company’s recent world premiere family opera Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World.

FWO Arts-In-Place packets provide students with detailed information about each opera, the historical context surrounding them, the creative teams within each show, fun opera facts, and age-appropriate activities that utilize household items. Click the button below to request your FREE digital packet!

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