2015–2016 Family Season


There’s something for everyone at The Dallas Opera — even the youngest fans!

Bastien and Bastienne

by W.A. Mozart
December 5, 2015 & March 5, 2016

Bastien and Bastienne

This charming, short, fully-staged comic opera by a very, very young Mozart centers on a lad and lassie with remarkably similar names, who fall in love but are separated – at least briefly – by worldly enticements. The one-act opera about a shepherdess and the boy she loves was meant to serve as a gentle parody of the pastoral works that were all the rage onstage in the late 1700s, but it already displays Mozart’s uncanny ability to write vocal music that reveals his characters while delighting the audience. Led by guest conductor Paolo Bressan, this early work of the master, created when Mozart was just twelve years old, also features a wise magician with questionable skills. Does he have “something up his sleeve” that will bring this couple back together?

Saturday, December 5, 2015 and Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the Winspear Opera House
12:30pm — The lobby will open for fun activities including crafts.
2:00pm — Bastien and Bastienne (Sung in English).

Rossini and Company

November 21, 2015 & March 13, 2016

Rossini and Co

The Dallas Opera’s Family Concert Series breaks new ground this season as it delves into the curious life and times of the phenomenally talented and eccentric Italian composer, Gioachino Rossini.  A fast-thinking genius who created more than 40 operas and a host of other works during his relatively short career, Rossini was a man with a tremendous appetite for life – starting in the kitchen!  Bring the kids and spend an hour enjoying some of opera’s Greatest Hits!  From the William Tell Overture (“The Lone Ranger Theme”) to The Barber of Seville (“Figaro!”), The Dallas Opera Orchestra under the direction of acclaimed conductors Peter Manning and Paolo Bressan will leave you cheering for extra helpings!

Saturday, November 21, 2015 and Sunday, March 13, 2016 at the Winspear Opera House
12:30pm — The lobby will open for fun activities including crafts.
2:00pm — Rossini & Company (Sung in multiple languages with English supertitles).

The Billy Goats Gruff

by John Davies
July 26, 2015 & April 16, 2016

Billy Goats Gruff

Our newest production is an adaptation of the popular folk tale based on scenes from operas by W.A. Mozart, G. Donizetti, and G. Rossini. Sung in English, this story reinforces a strong anti-bullying message, the importance of kindness and attending school regularly.

Sunday, July 26, 2015 at the Baker Theater (Dallas Children’s Theater) and
Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the Winspear Opera House
12:30pm — The lobby will open for fun activities including crafts.
2:00pm — The Billy Goats Gruff (Sung in English).

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Upcoming Family Events
  • Sunday, October 23rd

    The Three Little Pigs - Family

    By John Davies | Sung in English with English Supertitles | No intermission

    The Dallas Opera presents The Three Little Pigs, an exciting new production for our Family Season / Educational Programs. Based on scenes from operas by Wolfgang A. Mozart, this children’s opera tells the classic tale with an emphasis on the importance of reading and harnessing a love for learning as the three piggies do their best to keep Wolfgang Bigbad at bay.


    • 12:30pm Lobby Activities
    • 2:00pm Performance

    Where Winspear Opera House (map) (directions)

    Cost $5, or a full subscription to see all 3 family performances is only $12. Family subscriptions and Single tickets on Sale June 1.