The operatic version of this story is based on scenes from operas by Mozart, Donizetti, and Rossini. An after-school game of hide and seek is ruined for three friends when a big bully blocks a bridge, and the two boy goats decide to go for help. The girl goat stays to confront the bully, but shows him kindness instead. By the end, she is able to introduce the ex-bully as their new friend. Billy Goats Gruff addresses the current issue of bullying and teaches students that compassion and understanding help everyone get along.
For elementary schools, our Studio Artists perform Children’s Opera Theatre—45-minute operas based on well-known children’s tales. Each show is performed in full costume and on a traveling storybook set. For secondary schools, we offer Opera Mythbusters. Also performed by our resident singers, this show explores various kinds of live music and demonstrates how opera fits into our culture.
Based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen and composed by Andrew Duncan, the Ugly Duckling doesn’t fit in with the other ducklings because she looks and sounds different than they do. The ducklings learn to appreciate the Ugly Duckling’s intelligence though when she stops the Big Bad Wolf from eating them after she reads about his usual tricks in a book. The Ugly Duckling promotes reading, working together, and accepting differences in other people.
A new educational offering beginning in the 2013-2014 school year, Mythbusters is a performance-based presentation about 45 minutes long that includes a Q&A with the students at the end. Throughout the show, the four professionally trained singers of the Fort Worth Opera Studio perform arias and ensembles from familiar operas and musicals. They use a mix of live performance and improvisation based on student suggestions to introduce and educate the students on the various elements that make up an opera. Since the show is interactive, the singers are able to adjust their responses to the opera knowledge level of the student audience.