During the 2019-2020 season, Opera Idaho will be visiting schools for free with John Davie’s operatic version of the story of The Billy Goats Gruff based on scenes from operas by W. A. Mozart, G. Donizetti and G. Rossini. The opera explores the themes of bullying, feelings and how to work and play together.

Price: FREE

Location: Your School

Length: 40-minute performance with Q&A afterwards.

Suitable for: grades K-6

Than you for your interest. We are no longer taking performance requests. We hope to be able to visit you next season!

The Story

An after-school game of hide and seek is ruined for three billy goat friends when a big bully blocks a bridge, preventing them from being able to go home. Remembering what their moms, dads and teachers have told them about dealing with bullies, two boy billy goats resolve to go home a different, longer way and share their difficulties with grownups. The littlest girl goat, however, not wanting to abandon the beloved doll that’s been snatched from her, tromps to the crest of the bridge and, confronting the bully, prevails by inadvertently pushing him into the creek below. Concerned for his well-being, she shows her would-be adversary kindness by asking if he’s OK. He responds by asking if she’s OK. By the time the two boys return with help, she’s able to introduce a soggy, forlorn ex-bully as their new friend.