In an effort to introduce our younger generations to the world of opera, for the past few years Opera Idaho has toured our local schools with a program geared towards students in grades K-6. The program started with Opera in a Box, an introduction to opera created by local soprano Tiffany Calás. Since then, we’ve upgraded to abridged operas rewritten for our target audience. We have toured the Treasure Valley and beyond with Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Massenet’s Cinderella and Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love.
In the 2018-2019 season Opera Idaho will be visiting elementary schools with Anna Young’s The Enchanted Forest, a Choose Your Own Adventure Opera. Sung in English, The Enchanted Forest is based on the music by iconic composers including Bizet, Gilbert & Sullivan, and Mozart. Students learn the basics of operatic storytelling as they cast the hero, villain, sidekick and love interest-right at the top of the show. Each performance depends on audience participation to find the right path and make the best choice.
This production is provided free of charge to elementary schools thanks to the financial support of The Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation, The Gladys E. Langrois Advised Fund, The John William Jackson Fund and the Idaho Commission on the Arts.
This fun 35-minute children’s opera will be sung by the talented Opera Idaho Young Artists. Opera Idaho will be contacting school starting in August 2018, if you would like your school to be considered for one of our performances, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Above, clip of our 2017-18 outreach performance of The Elixir of Love. Below are a few images from past years’ performances.