2017–2018 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™    Sign-Up

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 – 6

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 8 different sessions, 9:30am – 12:30pm, Tues. June 27 – Fri. June 30 and Tues. July 18 – Fri. July 21, 2017

Fall/Spring Afterschool

Opera in a Suitcase™ Sign-Up

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 – 6

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 2017 to May 2018.

Student Performance Programs


Vertigo, a jack of all trades (who introduces himself with a parody of Figaro’s entrance in The Barber of Seville) is rebuffed by the beautiful hostess of the local inn, Manuelita. She is waiting patiently for her fiancé, Pépito, to be released from military service. Miguel, a childhood friend, returns to their native village where he immediately falls for Manuelita’s charms.  He gets Vertigo out of the way in order to flirt with the girl yet Miguel’s advances are rejected.  In fact, Miguel is so impressed with Manuelita’s virtue and loyalty that he decides to take the young soldier’s place, so he can come home to marry.  However, a letter from Pépito drops a stunning piece of news on Manuelita and Miguel! Learn who finally gets the girl in Offenbach’s charming, one-act comedy. 

  • 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™ Sign-Up

Students will experience a performance of Pépito 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 3 – 8

Location Winspear Opera House
Fee $4 per ticket
Availability 10:30am–12:00pm on four select 2017 dates:
October 31st
November 1st  
November 2nd  
November 3rd  

Touring Opera™   Sign-Up

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

Grades 3 – 8
Location Your school! 25′ x 25′ space required (auditorium or gym)
Dates Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30am, select weeks from October 2017 to May 2018. Cost $100 for public schools; $500 for private schools.

Mainstage Performance Opportunities

The 2017-2018 Season

These two FREE programs allow your students to experience our 2017-2018 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 the time to offer any unclaimed seats to groups on our wait list. Any changes after this time may be penalized. 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. Exceptions will not be made for reservations of rehearsals and performances during school holidays including Spring Break.

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 RehearsalsSign-Up

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 6 – 12; College


  • Samson & Delila – Tuesday, October 17, 2017  
  • La traviata – Tuesday, October 24, 2017  
  • The Ring of Polykrates – Tuesday, February 6, 2018  
  • Sunken Garden** – Tuesday, March 6, 2018  
  • Don Giovanni R – Tuesday, April 10, 2018  

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

TDO SightlinesSign-Up

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

Samson & Delila
Fri, Oct 20
Sun, Oct 22
Wed, Oct 25
La traviata
Fri, Oct 27
Sun, Oct 29
Wed, Nov 1
The Ring of Polykrates
Fri, Feb 9
Sun,Feb 11
Wed, Feb 14
Sunken Garden**
Fri, Mar 9
Sun, Mar 11
Wed, Mar 14
Don Giovanni R
Fri, Apr 13
Sun, Apr 15
Wed, April 18

Cost FREE!

** Dress rehearsal and performances may take place during Spring Break.
R – Rated R

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

Presenting Sponsors ($100,000 and up)

  • The City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs
  • Hunt Consolidated
  • Betty and Steve Suellentrop Educational Outreach Fund
Sponsors ($15,000 and up)

  • Hillcrest Foundation
  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • Lockheed Martin
  • The Priddy Foundation
  • Stemmons Foundation
  • Texas Commission on the Arts
Partners ($7,000 and up)

  • Armanino LLP
  • ExxonMobil Corporation
  • Holly Energy Partners
  • NorthPark Center
  • The Rosewood Foundation
  • Harold Simmons Foundation
  • Tolleson Wealth Management
  • Thompson & Knight
Friends ($500 and up)

  • The Theodore and Beulah Beasley Foundation, Inc.
  • Fannie and Stephen Kahn Charitable Foundation
  • Nordstrom
  • Mary Potishman Lard Trust
  • Texas Women for the Arts
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.