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The Three Little Pigs

An operatic version of the story of The Three Little Pigs based on scenes from operas by W. A. Mozart.

While brother pigs Don Giovanni and Cherubino set off to make homes of sticks and straw, their sister, Despina, goes to the library to read up on "huff-proof, puff-proof" home construction. After Wolfgang Bigbad blows down the boys’ flimsy homes, they run to their sister’s sturdy new brick house quite ready to admit that going to the library and reading books is a pretty smart thing to do after all.

Listen to 3 excerpts from The Three Little Pigs

1. Little Pigs Trio
I will build my house tomorrow...
from W.A. Mozart’s: Cosi Fan Tutte, "Una Bella serenata"
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2. Wolf’s Song
On the go from morn till night
from W.A. Mozart’s: Don Giovanni "Notte e giorno faticar"
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3. Wolf and Piggy Duet
Oh little piggy, let me come in.
from W.A. Mozart’s: Don Giovann "E via buffone"
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$35.00 per performance

Appropriate grade level
Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade

40 minutes

4 singing actors and an accompanist

Characters and voice types
Despina   A little girl pig   Soprano or Mezzo
Cherubino   Despina’s older brother   Tenor or Mezzo
Don Giovanni   Despina’s younger brother   Baritone or Bass
Wolfgang Bigbad   The Big Bad Wolf, himself   Bass or Baritone
Optional Little Pig Chorus and Character
Little Pigs Chorus   Graduates of Sir Francis Bacon Elementary School
Ms. Dribbs   Barbie Q. Dribbs—Teacher of the graduating class of Sir Francis Bacon Elementary School

A note from John
In 1991, while working as Director of Education for Syracuse Opera, I was asked by a large Parent Teacher Association if we had anything in our repertoire celebrating books and reading. The PTA had initiated a program called PARP (Parents As Reading Partners) and was looking for imaginative ways to celebrate reading and literature. We didn’t happen to have a "reading show" in our repertoire at the time, but rather than jeopardize a chance for work, I somewhat recklessly guaranteed that we would "any moment now."

I wrote The Three Little Pigs shortly thereafter. I thought it would be fun to have the two pigs who build their homes of sticks and straw do so out of a kind of slovenly lack of planning. In contrast, the little book-loving pig who builds her brick house goes to the library and reads up on wolf-resistant structures.

The Three Little Pigs has been produced with regularity in the USA since 1991. It gives me real satisfaction to think many excellent American singers having wonderful operatic careers today used to be big bad wolves and little piglets.




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