2016–2017 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!

Reservation requests are processed in the order in which they are received.


Summer and Afterschool Programs

The Billy Goats Gruff

Based on scenes from operas by Wolfgang A. Mozart, The Three Little Pigs 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. Sung in English. Adapted by John Davies.

  • 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 Opera Boot Camp™   SOLD OUT

Nicknamed the “interactive blast into opera”, kids join the Dallas Opera team for a 3-hour workshop that involves hands-on activities that teach what it takes to put on an opera 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 Three Little Pigs.

Grades K – 6th
Location Karayanis Rehearsal Production Center (near Fair Park)
Fee FREE for all afterschool providers, up to 100 students (per session)
Availability TDO offers this program in six different sessions, 9:30am – 12:30pm, Tues. June 21 – Thu. June 23 and Tues. July 19 – Thu. July 21

Fall/Spring Afterschool

Opera in a Suitcase

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 Three Little Pigs. On Day 2, your students will experience a live performance of The Three Little Pigs.

Grades K – 6th
Location Your school’s GYM! 25′ x 25′ space required
Cost FREE for all afterschool providers
Availabilty TDO offers this program in 44 sessions with 2-day events every week, select weeks from September 2016 to May 2017.

Student Performance Programs

Bastien and Bastienne

One of Mozart’s earliest works and written at age 12, Bastien and Bastienne is a comedic one-act opera that tells a tale of a young shepherdess, Bastienne and her boyfriend, Bastien. Bastienne believes her lover has fallen in love with a wealthy girl from the big city. Distressed about her plight, she runs into Colas, the town “magician” who has a few ideas of his own on how to reunite the young couple.!

  • 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.

Student Matinees

Students will experience a performance of Mozart’s Bastien and Bastienne 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
Fee $4 per ticket
Availability 10:30am–12:00pm on four select 2016 dates:
November 10thSOLD OUT
November 14th  SOLD OUT
November 15th  SOLD OUT
November 16th  

Touring Opera™   SOLD OUT

We will be presenting our New Education Registration Process soon! In the mean time, please click the signup button in order to request your reservation for the 16-17 season. If you have further questions please contact TDO Education at education@dallasopera.org to make a reservation for this program.

Our touring opera team comes to your school to provide a 50-minute fully-staged, live performance of Mozart’s Bastien and Bastienne, accompanied by piano, with a complete set and costumes.

Grades 3rd – 8th
Location Your school! 25′ x 25′ space required (auditorium or gym)
Dates Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30am, select weeks from October 2016 to May 2017. Cost $100 for public schools; $500 for private schools.

Mainstage Performance Opportunities

The 2016-2017 Season

These two FREE programs allow your students to experience our 2016-2017 productions at the Winspear Opera House.

Mainstage Attendance Policy
Please only reserve the number of seats needed for your group, 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 need to revise your reservation, please call 214-443-1082 or email TDO Education as soon as possible. We will also send an email one month prior to the event reminding you to make any changes to your reservation if needed. You must confirm a final headcount no later than 2 weeks prior to the event to allow us to offer any unclaimed seats to groups on our wait list. If your group fails to attend without providing prior notice (no-show) or a significant amount of your group fails to attend (ex: 30 ticket reservation, but only 15 are used), your group/school/organization will not be allowed to sign up for the free mainstage programs for the following Season.

We understand that last-minute circumstances beyond our control arise (transportation trouble, illness, inclement weather, etc.) and will be happy to work with you on those particular kinds of situations, but you must communicate with us. However, if you make the request for tickets for a group, it is your responsibility to ensure that your group attends. We strive to serve students in the community by filling as many seats as possible — and nobody likes to see empty seats in the house!

Dress Rehearsals

Students get the chance to see the opera production before anyone else! Teachers are invited to bring their students to the exciting Dress Rehearsals and watch the creativity that is put into these mainstage performances. Each opera production and its dress rehearsal date are listed below. All begin at 7:30pm.

Grades 6th – 12th; College

  • Eugene Onegin -- Tuesday, October 25, 2016  
  • Moby-Dick -- Tuesday, November 1, 2016  
  • Madame Butterfly -- Tuesday, March 7, 2017  SOLD OUT
  • The Turn of the Screw -- Tuesday, March 14, 2017
  • Norma -- Tuesday, April 18, 2017  

Cost FREE!
*Dates subject to change in accordance with production schedule

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

Eugene Onegin
Fri, Oct 28
Sun, Oct 30
Wed, Nov 2
Fri, Nov 4
Sun, Nov 6
Wed, Nov 9
Madame Butterfly
Fri, Mar 10
Sun, Mar 12
Wed, Mar 15
The Turn of the Screw
Fri, Mar 17
Sun, Mar 19
Wed, Mar 22
Fri, Apr 21
Sun, Apr 23
Wed, April 26

Cost FREE!

THANK YOU! The Dallas Opera Educational 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+)

  • City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs
  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • Lockheed Martin
  • The Priddy Foundation
  • Texas Commission on the Arts
Partners ($7k+)

  • Alice E. and Joseph C. Blewett Foundation
  • ExxonMobil Corporation
  • The Rosewood Foundation
  • Tolleson Wealth Management
  • Thompson & Knight
Friends ($500+)

  • Theodore and Beulah Beasley Foundation
  • Fannie and Stephen Kahn Charitable Foundation
  • Nordstrom
Education Programs

Registration Now Open!
For an introduction to opera, see our
Opera 101
Classroom Materials
and Professional Development
for Teachers
For an introduction to opera, see our
Opera 101

Upcoming Education Events

(Please note, this calendar does not list Touring Opera or Opera in a Suitcase events.  Dates subject to change in accordance with production schedule)

No events.

For a listing of all TDO events, see our Events Calendar.