The Ugly Duckling

Opera Saratoga Opera to Go

Opera Saratoga’s new production of The Ugly Duckling is a whimsical retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved fairy tale, with an original score by composer Andrew Duncan. Our Opera-to-Go productions allow students to experience the thrill of opera - up close and personal - through a story that encourages young people to accept differences in other people. The Ugly Duckling doesn’t fit in with the other ducklings because she looks and sounds different than they do. But when the Ugly Duckling saves the other ducklings from the Big Bad Wolf after learning about his tricks, the others learn to love the Ugly Duckling for her intelligence and bravery, and begin to truly appreciate her for who she is.

Through this adaptation of the classic Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tale, students will be exposed to operatic music and classical singing, while exploring the important themes of diversity and tolerance. Acceptance of others and the value of cooperation are themes that are interwoven throughout this year's Opera-to-Go performance. Appropriate for Pre-K to Grades 6.


In a world where the default forms of entertainment for children are primarily television, video games and the Internet, Opera Saratoga’s Opera-to-Go program provides youth with an all-too-rare opportunity to experience the visceral thrill of the live performing arts, up close and personal!

Each year, Opera Saratoga tours an Opera-to-Go production to more than fifty public and private schools throughout the greater Capital and lower Adirondack regions of NY, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. The performances feature charismatic professional artists who love to share their joy of music and theater through the opera, as well as through question and answer sessions where students have the opportunity to meet the artists and learn about the music and what it takes to put on a performance.

In 2018, between February 26th and March 30th, Opera Saratoga will present a new production of The Ugly Duckling.

Cost: $550 per performance

You may be eligible for reimbursement for some or all of the program cost through your regional BOCES office, or with assistance from your PTA or other fundraising organizations


Saratoga Arts Center
(in partnership with The Children’s Museum)
Saturday, March 3, 2018 @ 11:00am
320 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Schenectady Civic Players
Saturday, March 3, 2018 @ 2:30pm
12 South Church Street
Schenectady, NY 12305

Clifton Park – Halfmoon Public Library
Sunday, March 11, 2018 @ 1:00pm
475 Moe Road
Clifton Park, NY 12065

Bethlehem Public Library
(in partnership with The Center for Disability Services)

Monday, March 12, 2018 @ 10:30am
451 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054

Crandall Public Library
Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 11:00am
251 Glen Street
Glens Falls, NY 12801

Schuylerville Public Library
Friday, March 30, 2018 @ 12:00pm
52 Ferry Street
Schuylerville, NY 12871

Saratoga Public Library
Saturday, March 31, 2018 @ 11:00am
49 Henry Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Thank you to our generous sponsors, who make Opera-to-Go possible: