Nashville Opera’s Billy Goats Gruff Headed to Nashville Zoo
Nashville Zoo is partnering with Nashville Opera OnTour for a special presentation of John Davies’ Billy Goats Gruff on Sunday, March 16. A cast meet-and-greet will take place at the Zoo’s Critter Encounters exhibit at 4 p.m. with the performance beginning at 5 p.m at the Zoo amphitheater.
Billy Goats Gruff tells the classic story of three billy goats with a contemporary twist as it tackles the issue of bullying and promotes the power of kindness. Ideal for kids in grades kindergarten through six, the 40-minute operatic version is set to music from W.A. Mozart, G. Donizetti and G. Rossini and features the five-person 2014 Mary Ragland Young Artist Program members.
Billy Goats Gruff is free with Zoo admission or membership. For additional information, please contact nashvilleopera.org or nashvillezoo.org.
Nashville Opera, Tennessee’s largest professional opera company, is dedicated to creating legendary productions and programs. Among the most successful regional companies in the United States of America, Nashville Opera has presented three different world premiere operas since its inception in 1981. Main stage performances are presented at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and the Noah Liff Opera Center, playing to over 13,000 people annually. Nashville Opera’s extensive education and outreach touring program reaches over 25,000 students throughout Middle Tennessee. These projects are supported by grants from the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Judy and Noah Liff Foundation, the Nashville Opera Guild, and many other corporate and individual supporters.
Nashville Zoo is accredited by the prestigious Association of Zoos and Aquariums, assuring the highest standards of animal care and husbandry. Attracting more than 776,000 visitors annually, the Zoo is considered one of the top things to do in Nashville. The Zoo is a non-profit organization located at 3777 Nolensville Pike and is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The mission of Nashville Zoo is to inspire a culture of understanding and discovery of our natural world through conservation, innovation and leadership. For more information about Nashville Zoo, call 615-833-1534 or visit www.nashvillezoo.org.