September 29, 2016

Press Release: Portland Opera To Go fall tour of HANSEL AND GRETEL

Got kids? A little bit shy of trying opera? Here is your opportunity to introduce opera to your kids and maybe to yourself!

Portland Opera To Go, the touring division of Portland Opera’s Education and Outreach Program, hit the road this week with an enchanting, family-friendly production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. The 50-minute, English language revival will be directed by Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano with sets by Polly Robbins and costumes by Portland Opera’s Christine A. Richardson. The tour will perform for over fifty schools throughout Oregon and Washington as well as at six public performances.

Following the familiar fairytale, Hansel and Gretel find themselves lost in the woods after being banished from home for being naughty. After an afternoon of berry picking, they are hungry and tired, and fall asleep, only to wake to the greatest adventure of their lives. After gorging on a smorgasbord of sugary treats (courtesy of the resident Gobbling Witch) they find that they are next on the menu!

Specially designed to introduce young audiences to opera, each school performance is accompanied by an extensive arts integrated curriculum aligned with the Common Core Standards. At many of the tour stops, our talented teaching artists will spend time in classrooms engaging students in the art form of opera. Our visit to a community can open students’ eyes to a world they may never have experienced, inspiring our next audience member and patron, or the next great soprano, director or conductor. POGO can literally change students’ lives.


Rebecca Sacks

Ivy Zhou

The Father
Zachary Lenox

The Mother
Emily Blair

The Witch
Tevyn Hill

Collaborative Pianist
Evan C. Paul

Tour Manager
Sammuel Hawkins

Stage Director
Christopher Mattaliano

Set Designer
Polly Robbins

Costume Designer
Christine A. Richardson

Audiences of all ages will be able to enjoy the production at these venues:


Hansel and Gretel

McKenzie Theater
Eastern Oregon University
One University Blvd, La Grande, OR
Tickets: Donations will benefit the EOU Music Scholarship Fund


Hansel and Gretel

Tigard Public Library
13500 SW Hall Blvd.
Tigard, OR

Hansel and Gretel

1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR


Hansel and Gretel

Walters Cultural Center
527 E Main St
Hillsboro, OR
Tickets: $5 suggested donation

Hansel and Gretel

Hampton Opera Center
211 SE Caruthers St.
Portland, OR

Hansel and Gretel
Hampton Opera Center
211 SE Caruthers St.
Portland, OR

Tickets for the Hampton Opera Center performances are $5 under 12 yrs, $10 for adults, $20 for a family of four, and may be purchased as follows:

By phone:
Portland Opera Box Office (503-241-1802 or toll-free 866-739-6737)
Mon. – Fri., 9am – 5pm

In person:
Portland Opera Box Office (211 SE Caruthers St., just south of OMSI)
Mon. – Fri. 9am – 5pm


Montclair Elementary School * Mosier Community School * Pratum Elementary School * Central Howell School * Seaside Heights Elementary School * Kelso Elementary School * Sandy Grade School * Scott Mills Elementary School * Lewis Elementary School * Turner Elementary School * Delphian School * Forest Park Elementary School * Sherwood Heights Elementary School * McKay Elementary School * Washington School * North Powder Charter School * Bethany Elementary School * Chenowith Elementary School * Dry Hollow Elementary School * Park Academy * Trinity Lutheran School * Sunny Wolf Charter School * Madrona Elementary School * Fruitdale Elementary School * Columbia Valley Elementary * Trout Lake School * Capitol Hill Elementary School * Lourdes Charter School * Gilbert Park Elementary School * Silver Rail Elementary School * Bear Creek Elementary * Tom McCall Elementary School * Pine Ridge Elementary School * Gearhart Elementary School * St. Mary’s Home for Boys * Kalapuya Elementary School * Whitman Elementary School * Woodstock Elementary School * Ilwaco Middle School * Stafford Elementary School * Lynch View Elementary School.

Education Program SPONSORS

The Standard * Autzen Foundation * NW Natural * PGE Foundation * Wells Fargo * The Wheeler Foundation * Winderlea Vineyard & Winery * Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust * U.S. Bancorp Foundation                                                  

Portland Opera appreciates the continuing support of the Regional Arts & Culture Council, Work for Art, Oregon Arts Commission, The National Endowment for the Arts and the Oregon Cultural Trust. Portland Opera is a member of OPERA AMERICA.

Portland Opera is proud to be a part of the region’s thriving artistic and business community, serving Oregon and SW Washington. Celebrating the beauty and breadth of the opera repertoire with productions of grand opera with two productions in the Keller Auditorium and two productions in the Newmark Theatre, the Company is also a committed educational partner, touring fully staged operas to schools and community centers throughout the region each year, in addition to a host of other efforts designed to make opera accessible for all.