Opera On Wheels


On Tour in Schools both Fall 2019 and Spring 2020


Adapted from Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel by Joshua Borths

Directed by James M. Norman

Meet the 2018-19 Resident Artists

Everyone thinks they know the story of Hansel and Gretel… But, do they really? This new adaptation of Humperdinck’s classic opera turns the famous story of the Witch and those crafty kids on its head. Narrated by Hansel—all grown up, he tells the audience what actually went on in that fantastical gingerbread house. This fun, new show is sure to delight audiences of all ages, while using the familiar characters and themes to shed light on relevant themes of today. Did Hansel and Gretel learn to find their own way out of the woods? Did they grow from their experience? Did the Witch have a change of heart and become a force for good? You will have to wait and see…

For Grades K-8  ■  Cost: $550  ■  Duration: 40 minutes  ■  Max. Audience: 500

Fall: October 14 to November 22, 2019

Spring: April 20 to May 22, 2020




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.

"My only thing is that I hope you never stop doing this."

- Mark McCready, Music Teacher, St. Joseph School, Maumee

"Birmingham loves the opera!"

- Stacey Scharf, Principal, Birmingham Elementary, Toledo Public Schools

“We are confident that Opera on Wheels will always be a high quality cultural experience for all of our students.”

- Carrie Sanchez, Principal, Port Clinton Middle School


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 or email lovialdinger@toledoopera.org to make a reservation or for more information. 

Sponsors for Opera on Wheels:

Buckeye Broadband
France Stone Foundation
Marathon Petroleum Corporation
Owens-Illinois, Inc.
Jay and Trina Secor
Waite-Brand Foundation
Donations 2020
Fore the Opera
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