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. Last season we visited elementary schools with Anna Young’s The Enchanted Forest, a Choose Your Own Adventure Opera, based on the music by iconic composers including Bizet, Gilbert & Sullivan, and Mozart.
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. This fun 40-minute children’s opera will be sung by the talented Opera Idaho Young Artists.
Above, clip of our 2018-2019 outreach performance of The Enchanted Forest. Below are a few images from performances in past years.
Education Outreach Sponsors
This production is made possible thanks to the financial support of The Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation; The Gladys E. Langroise Advised Fund; The John William Jackson Fund; Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation; Sara Maas Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation; and the Idaho Commission on the Arts.
Funding for Eastern Idaho provided by F.M., Anne G., and Beverly B. Bistline Foundation in the Idaho Community Foundation.