Did you know Mozart wrote an opera about the Three Little Pigs? Neither did he!
But that didn’t stop Opera Las Vegas from touring a family friendly Mozartian version of the beloved story to four library theatres.
You see, John Davies cleverly adapted Mozart arias and duets, wrote new English words, and re-purposed them to tell the familiar story about the pigs imperilment by the dangerous predator, Wolfgang Bigbad (Travis Lewis). The piggies Despina (Athena Mertes), Cherubino (Casey Gardner) and Don Giovanni (Christopher Martin) escaped right on cue after much huffing and puffing (and singing!), and the whole tuneful rendition delighted children of all ages.
The Three Little Pigs got a spirited reception as it toured to library theatres on 5 and 6 May (Summerlin and West Las Vegas); as well as 19 and 20 May (Clark Country and Windmill). Most family members in attendance were able to experience operatic singing for the very first time and, don’t be fooled by the silliness of the premise, the arias, duets and trios are proper (and difficult!) opera music that was sung by four exceptional voices.
Mr. Davies pulls some clever musical jokes, and in one hilarious moment the low bass Wolf sings a fiendishly difficult coloratura aria usually sung be the very highest of soprano voices. Those opera lovers “in the know” got the “in joke,” even as newcomers simply enjoyed the vocal fireworks.
The forty-minute shows, accompanied by General Director Jim Sohre on the piano, were followed by a meet and greet in the lobby, creating new fans and making opera understandable and appealing to all. The 2018 “Pigs” tour built on the success of last season’s “Pinocchio.” On April 5, 6, and 7 2019, OLV will take John Davies’ “Jack and the Beanstalk” (music by Arthur Sullivan) on the road to make more new friends.