Fort Worth Opera Announces FWO ARTS-IN-PLACE Educational Curriculum For North Texas Students

By Francisco Salazar

Fort Worth Opera has announced the creation of FWO Arts-In-Place.

The new initiative is an extension of the company’s forward-thinking educational program. The new online curriculum is designed for North Texas music students who are currently on hiatus from their regular class schedules during the widespread COVID-19 outbreak. The digital packet will include links for students and their families to download comprehensive study guides and entertaining videos of Puccini’s “La Bohème” and Strauss II’s “Die Fledermaus.”

Fort Worth Opera is also giving students a sneak peek of Héctor Armienta’s new opera “Zorro” plus a live performance of the company’s recent world premiere family opera “Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World.”

The packets will 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.

“As we brave the difficult and uncertain weeks ahead, we realize that people are making provisions in many ways to maintain some semblance of normalcy. The world has taken to social media and the internet for everything from entertainment to connectivity to others,” FWO Manager of Education and Community Engagement, Sheran Goodspeed Keyton said in a press release. “While the students in North Texas are prohibited from returning to their regular class schedules, school districts have done an amazing job of providing online learning tools for them. However, many of those tools are limited to academic disciplines. The education department of Fort Worth Opera would like to offer some creative and artistic additions to your at-home curriculum.”

Fort Worth Opera recently postponed the 2020 Festival and will reschedule for next year.