During our 2020-2021 season, our virtual school tour featured the show Who Wants To Be An Opera Star? created by Paula Fowler, Director of Education at Utah Opera, and Stage Director Patricia Weinmann. Opera Idaho adapted the script for online viewing and streaming.

Who Wants To Be An Opera Star? takes the form of a TV game show with an MC and contestants. This production is an introduction to opera for students in Kindergarten through sixth grade featuring when and where opera was invented, how to recognize different voice types, and some terms used in opera. This fun 40-minute children’s opera was available to school through May 31, 2021.

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 visited 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.

Education Outreach Sponsors

This production is made possible thanks to the financial support from: