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Spotlight On Golden Gate Opera’s Bullying Prevention Opera

Golden Gate Opera’s Unique, One-Act Opera for Children.


In an unprecedented move by any opera company, several years ago Golden Gate Opera adapted the 1982 Libretto called, “The Boy Who Grew Too Fast,” written by the two-time Pulitzer Prize winning American composer, Gian Carlo Menotti, and then created a Teacher’s Guide to go with it. The opera was designed specifically to engage children in the experience of live opera. Menotti’s publisher, G. Schirmer, Inc. and Associates in New York approved the use of Golden Gate Opera’s adaptation of the libretto for schools.

Since then, Golden Gate Opera has been bringing this one-act opera into the Marin County schools.

Golden Gate Opera’s production of The Boy Who Grew Too Fast has been approved by the Marin County Office of Education and the County of Marin School Boards’ Association.

On April 20, 2017, Golden Gate Opera presented its “West Coast Premier” of  The Boy Who Grew Too Fast. Dubbed Golden Gate Opera’s “Bullying Prevention Opera,” the opera, which teaches children about tolerance and acceptance of others, serves as a vehicle for teaching children how to protect themselves against bullying while at the same time introducing them to the performing arts. In these times of rampant cyber bullying and bullying in the schools, the message of this opera is more relevant than ever, and the need for this kind of education is critical.

Bullying disrupts learning and keeps students from making friends. Bullying is defined as: “unwanted, aggressive behavior among schoolaged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.” Both kids who are bullied and those who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.

The complete opera is only 45 minutes long and can be performed on stage or in the classroom. This children’s opera directly engages children by having them participate in the opera — singing and dancing—while it teaches them tolerance and acceptance of others.

There is no other opera like it.

Golden Gate Opera is on the forefront of revolutionizing opera and its power to touch and transform lives. One child at a time.

Raising Funds To Bring Awareness to Bullying in the Schools.

On September 28, 2017, Golden Gate Opera presented “Arias on the Water” a fundraiser held at Servino Ristorante, 9 Main Street in Tiburon, to support bringing a Bullying Prevention Opera into local schools in the coming year.

”This is not only learning through music but teaching education about bullying.” said Principal Elizabeth Sesma-Olinyk of Olive Elementary School.

The event was held in Servino’s picturesque Bella Vista room,

Featured were baritone Richard Rittelmann from France and soprano Julie Adams from San Francisco with Maestro Robert Ashens as Master of Ceremonies. A highlight was the pair singing the romantic duet from I Pagliacci. The whole community responded by donating Auction Prizes for the fundraiser. One volunteer was so excited she exclaimed: “It’s raining Auction Prizes for Golden Gate Opera!”

Join with us and others, to share the joys of acceptance of each other. Sponsor one costume, or one singer, or the children’s chorus! Together, we can bring the magical world of opera and its important teachings to the children in our community. The program comes Golden Gate Opera’s Teachers’ Guide.

Helping Us Make It Happen.

Golden Gate Opera would like to thank the following distinguished sponsors whose generous support made possible the West Coast Premiere of The Boy Who Grew Too Fast!

The Bernard Osher Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, The Fenwick Foundation, Fullerton Family Foundation, Diane B. Wilsey Properties, Paul Sack Properties, Bob and Maura Morey, Anita and Daren Pereda, Joan Clemmons, Sheryl Glasser, Roberta Wain-Becker, Hilda Namm, Ruth Rosen – The Arts Fund for Children. Maria Pitcairn, Anette Harris, Sallie Huntting, Cheryl Sorokin,  Natalia and Marc Casillas, among others. 

Thank you also to Opera America.  

Extra! Extra! Golden Gate Opera in the News
and on the Radio!


We are very excited to report that the Public Radio Station, KDFC, recently selected Golden Gate Opera to be featured on their Neighborhood Spotlight on the air and online. Check it out:  https://www.kdfc.com/2017/08/neighborhood-arts-spotlight-september-2017
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