Fort Worth Opera
The Fort Worth Opera Studio (FWO Studio) is a group of four young singers that tour elementary and middle-school programs across the state of Texas. The elementary program, Children’s Opera Theatre (COT) presents a choice of operas based on classic children’s stories. Productions feature colorful sets, costumes, and pre-performance TEKS study guides, teaching students even as they are entertained. COT productions have included "The Three Little Pigs," which promotes literacy and independent thinking, and "The Ugly Duckling," which demonstrates how individuality and differences make us stronger. The middle-school program, Opera Mythbusters, uses pop culture to challenge common stereotypes surrounding opera. This multimedia interactive program uses a combination of film, music videos, live performance, and interactive Q&A sessions. Mythbusters travels with microphone, speakers, overhead projector, and projector screen. All FWO Studio programs are accompanied on a portable electric keyboard by Principal Coach & Accompanist Steven Carey.
Houston Grand Opera
Houston Grand Opera offers two touring programs serving children: Opera to Go! and Storybook Opera. Opera to Go! (OTG) delivers high-energy opera to schools, libraries, and community centers in a fully staged, 45-minute performance for grades pre-K through 8. Performances are sung in English or English/Spanish. OTG brings costumes, sets, and beautiful music to life! Shows are available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Teachers receive a study guide in advance. The 2015-16 season includes two operas, "The Velveteen Rabbit" (fall 2015) by Mary Carol Warwick and Kate Pogue and "The Puffed-Up Prima Donna" (spring 2016) by Mark Buller and Charles Anthony Silvestri. An engaging and enjoyable introduction to opera for young children (pre-K through grade 2), Storybook Opera brings singing storytellers to schools and libraries for 30 minutes of captivating fun with opera-based books! English or bilingual programs are available weekdays or weekends by request.
510 Preston St.
Houston, TX 77002-1504
public performance/concert $50 - $1200
school performance $50 - $1200
optional service OTG overnight tour presentation $1000 - $2000
“Rapier wit with a mesmerizing voice,” says the Dallas Observer, "Colleen Mallette is charming audiences from Manhattan to Scotland." She is a favorite with orchestras as well as cabaret venues. Ms. Mallette discovered her funny bone with her spoof “How to Birth a Song!”, deliciously sacrificing music’s most sacred cows. Ms Mallette is a former, Musical Awakenings artist for The Cliburn and on the TCU faculty. In 2016 she will perform for, Austin’s Frontera Fest, Willcox Theater in Arizona, and directing opera scenes in Wisconsin for young professionals. Touring programs include: How to Birth a Song! Exhale as Colleen tweaks opera’s sacred cows with irreverent frivolity; Evenings in Paris- Revel in the ambiance of Paris complete with strolling violin, Edith Piaf, and more--you add the chocolat (Ideal in gallery or museum venue); La Danza Fiesta! Colleen y amigos percolate passion! Ready to tango? Audiences close this show with a conga line; and Insert your City Here! Allow the High C Diva to create entertainment for a Kickoff, fundraiser, or gala with grace, humor, and style—customized for your organization.
3751 Trail Lake
Fort Worth, TX 76109
public performance/concert $1500 - $4000
school performance $350 - $600
optional service directing and script writing $650 - $1000
Hope Shiver, a former Miss Alabama and Miss Congeniality with the Miss International Beauty Pageant, is a native of Mobile, Alabama. Ms. Shiver's credits include commercials, films, solo performances with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Garland Symphony, Las Colinas Symphony, Galveston Symphony, Houston Ebony Opera Guild, Theatre Under The Stars, Houston Grand Opera, Opera to Go, and the Eugene Opera. She has performed internationally in Greenland, Iceland, Newfoundland, Egypt, Paris, Milan, Japan, Italy, Sweden, and Spain. School programs include: "Get On Board" (Harriet Tubman), "Sojourner!" (Sojourner Truth), "King Rhythm" (the history of African American music), and "The Opera Doctor." All school programs are multi-disciplinary and interactive, with audience participation. For adult audiences, Hope Shiver performs recitals, opera, and oratorio works as well as "Voices of Hope," an evening of portrayals of the famous African-American heroines Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and Sissieretta Jones.
8723 Kirkland Drive
Houston, TX 77089
public performance/concert $1000 - $3000
school performance $800 - $4000