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. Since then, we’ve upgraded to real operas, albeit abridged and rewritten for our target audience. We have toured the Treasure Valley with Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and Massenet’s Cinderella.
In October and November, 2017, Opera Idaho toured with Opera for the Young’s adaptation of The Elixir of Love. We visited 37 schools and reached over 15,500 elementary and middle school students. In this version the action is moved to Lonesome Gluch, a dusty town in America’s Old West. Miss Addy, Jimmy Reno, and Bill Corey form the love triangle of the story, with Dr. Dulcamara appearing as the “snake oil” peddler who sells the love potion (root beer in disguise!). The Elixir of Love’s playful melodies and comical characters delight youngsters, while thematic points concerning coming of age, facing the trials and tribulation of life, and learning to forgive generate thoughtful discussion.