was originally commissioned by the San Diego Opera in 2001 for their Education
and Outreach Program and produced as a puppet opera to celebrate the 10th
season of the San Diego Opera Puppet Theatre. However, Myron Fink and Don
Moreland, the composer and the librettist, also designed the opera for performance
by live singers or as mime.
For three seasons, the San Diego Opera - with a portable stage, volunteer
puppeteers, and recorded music- brought ANIMALOPERA
to city schools that participate in the Education and Outreach Program.
Classroom instruction, based on a teaching guide
developed by San Diego Opera and related to other areas of the curriculum,
preceded and followed each performance of the opera. With this kind of preparation,
ANIMALOPERA played without fail
to the wonderment of the schoolchildren.
Is there a better way to cultivate musical literacy and introduce young
minds to the art of opera?