2014–2015 Educational Programs

The Dallas Opera is committed to bringing quality arts educational programs to the students of North Texas, at as low a cost to you as possible. As in years past, the generosity of our partners and donors has enabled us to bring you many of these programs for FREE!

To help you turn opera into a learning opportunity for your students, our programs include comprehensive teacher training and TEKS-aligned classroom materials covering language arts, math, music, social studies, visual arts, and more!

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Summer and Afterschool Programs

The Billy Goats Gruff

This adapted version of the popular folk tale is based on scenes from operas by W.A. Mozart, G. Donizetti, and G. Rossini. The Billy Goats Gruff is perfect for introducing audiences to the magic of live opera through a familiar story.

  • Designed to teach the basics of opera production and opera etiquette
  • Students will learn the importance of character building and problem solving, complete a visual arts project, and learn a short musical excerpt
  • Programs come to a close with the much-anticipated fully-staged, live opera performance by the Dallas Opera’s Education and Outreach cast


Kids join the Dallas Opera team for a 3-hour interactive workshop that gives a hands-on sneak peek of what goes into an opera house production. Dallas Opera education staff and artists are on site to give students a behind-the-scenes opera experience, concluding with a fully-staged performance of The Billy Goats Gruff.

Grades K – 6th
Location Karayanis Rehearsal Production Center (near Fair Park)
Dates TDO offers this program in six different sessions, 9:30am – 12:30pm, Tues. June 24 – Thu. June 26 and Tues. July 22 – Thu. July 24
Cost FREE for all afterschool providers, up to 100 students

Fall/Spring Afterschool


Students in afterschool programs join the Dallas Opera for a 2-day event at your school location. On day 1, Dallas Opera teaching artists will conduct a one-hour workshop with your students containing music and visual arts activities based around The Billy Goats Gruff. On day 2, your students will experience a live performance of The Billy Goats Gruff.

Grades K – 6th
Location Your school! 20′ x 20′ space required (auditorium, gym or cafeteria)
Dates TDO offers this program in 44 sessions with 2-day events every week, select weeks from September 2014 to May 2015.
Cost FREE for all afterschool providers!

Student Performance Programs

Elixir of Love

Sung in English and set in Texas, this 50-minute version of Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love tells a tale of true love, with the help of a love potion. This opera performance is comedic, fun, magical, and relatable; the perfect student introduction to opera!

  • The Student Performance programs are supported by comprehensive teacher training and TEKS-aligned curriculum.
  • A great introduction into the world of opera through the classroom, students see a fully-staged opera performance, featuring exceptional vocal teams from the graduate programs at the SMU Vocal Department and the UNT Opera Program.

TDO Student Matinees

Students will experience a performance of The Elixir of Love accompanied by the Dallas Opera Orchestra at the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House. All performances begin at 10:30am and include a 30-minute “behind-the-scenes” discussion with the cast and production staff after each performance.

Grades 3rd – 8th
Location Winspear Opera House
Availability November 10, 12, 13, and 14, 10:30–11:30am
Cost $4 per ticket

TDO Touring Opera

Our touring opera team comes to your school to provide a fully-staged live performance of Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love, accompanied by piano, and a complete set and costumes.

Grades 3rd – 8th
Location Your school! 20′ x 20′ space required (auditorium, gym or cafeteria)
Dates Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30am, select weeks from October 2014 to May 2015.
Cost $100 for public schools; $500 for private schools

Mainstage Performance Opportunities

The 2014-2015 Season

These two FREE programs allow your students to experience our 2014-2015 productions at the Winspear Opera House.

Mainstage Attendance Policy
Please reserve as many seats as you need, but we ask that you limit adult/chaperone seats to one for every 10 students. Chaperones may be teachers, school staff, school volunteers or parents.

If you learn later that fewer people will be attending, please revise your reservation by calling, emailing, or clicking the link in your confirmation email, at least 48 hours prior to the performance to allow us to offer seats to people on our wait list.

We strive to serve our community by filling as many seats as possible — and nobody wants to see empty seats in the house!

TDO Dress Rehearsals

Students get the chance to see the opera production before anyone else! Teachers are invited to bring their students to the exciting Final Dress Rehearsals and watch the creativity that is put into these mainstage performances. Four dress rehearsals take place at 7:30pm prior to opening night.

Grades 6th – 12th; College
The Marriage of Figaro – Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Salome – Tuesday, October 28, 2014
La bohème – Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Iolanta – Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Cost FREE!

TDO Sightlines

At the Winspear Opera House, there are a few areas that go unsold due to partial or restricted views of the stage. Our loss is a win for your students! Teachers are welcomed to bring their middle, high school, and college students.

Grades 6th – 12th; College
Dates All performances at 7:30pm except Sunday matinees at 2:00pm

The Marriage of Figaro
Sun 10/26
Wed 10/29
Fri 11/7
Thu 10/30
Sun 11/2
Wed 11/5
La Wally / Everest
Fri 1/30
Sun 2/1
Wed 2/4
La bohème
Fri 3/13
Sun 3/15
Wed 3/18
Fri 4/10
Sun 4/12
Wed 4/15

Cost FREE!

THANK YOU! The Dallas Opera Education Programs are part of
The Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs
and are generously supported by
The Betty and Steve Suellentrop Educational Outreach Fund

Sponsors ($15k+)

  • David M. Crowley Foundation
  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • Lockheed Martin
  • The Priddy Foundation
Partners ($7k+)

  • Alice E. and Joseph C. Blewett Foundation
  • ExxonMobil Corporation
  • The Rosewood Foundation

  • Theodore and Beulah Beasley Foundation
  • Fannie and Stephen Kahn Charitable Foundation
  • Mary Potishman Lard Trust
  • Garland D. Rhoads Foundation
  • Texas Commission on the Arts
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Upcoming Education Events

(Please note, this calendar does not list Touring Opera or TDO in a Suitcase events.)

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