Opera On Wheels




On Tour in Schools both fall 2018 and Spring 2019



Adapted from Gounod's Romeo et Juliette by Joshua Borths

Directed by James M. Norman

Meet the 2018-19 Resident Artists

"Two households...in fair Verona" are rival families, wanting nothing to do with one another. And yet, when Romeo sneaks into a party at Juliet's house, the two young people meet, fall in love, and change their families' history forever. Based on the opera by Charles Gounod, the play by William Shakespeare, and every tale of forbidden love the world over, this adaptation of the classic Romeo and Juliet story deals with the timeless themes of love, justice, compassion and more. With two possible endings, schools can choose which they prefer or leave it up to fate, having the audience vote on which ending they wish in real time.

For Grades K-8  ■  Cost: $500  ■  Duration: 45 minutes  ■  Max. Audience: 500

Fall: October 15 to November 16, 2018

spring: April 22 to May 24, 2019




Click here to see video of Romeo and Juliet at Mott Branch Library October 15, 2018

The Opera on Wheels Experience

Toledo Opera brings to your school everything that is necessary for the production, including four vocal artists, a collaborative pianist, a piano, scenery and costumes. You only need to provide a space-we love to perform in gymnasiums!  For many K-8 students, this is a first step toward developing a life-long love for opera and theater performed live. Students’ rapt attention during performances shows that they are amazed by all that is happening; they are caught up in the story and in awe of the talent, both singing and acting, that the artists display. The word, awesome, appears frequently in young students’ responses to an Opera on Wheels performance.

"Absolute best program you have ever brought to us! Absolutely awesome!"

- Carrie Sanchez, Principal, Port Clinton Middle School, Port Clinton, OH

"We look forward to the Toledo Opera coming every year! Can't wait to see you next year!"

- Tia Daniels, Assistant Principal, Oakdale Elementary

Meeting State Standards:

Students will be both thrilled and challenged by a live arts performance that combines music, drama and story elements. What are the academic benefits? When Opera on Wheels comes to your school, students have the opportunity to achieve a variety of standards, including:

  • Comparing and contrasting the adventures and experiences of characters in stories
  • Describing how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
  • Developing criteria to evaluate solo and group performances of music.
  • Listening to, identifying and responding to music of different composers, historical periods and world cultures.

Call 419-255-7464 to make a reservation now or by emailing lovialdinger@toledoopera.org

For additional information, please contact Loviah Aldinger, Associate Director, 419-255-7464 or email lovialdinger@toledoopera.org.

Sponsors for Opera on Wheels:

Buckeye Broadband
Owens-Illinois, Inc.
Marathon Petroleum Corporation
First Solar
Fifth Third Bank
Waite-Brand Foundation
France Stone Foundation
Jay and Trina Secor
19-20 Subs On Sale Now
Donate Now 19-20
OOW 19-20 Pianist