Portland Opera To Go Presents: HANSEL AND GRETEL


CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508


A family-friendly, 50-minute, English language production of


Portland, Ore. – Portland Opera To Go, Portland Opera’s state-wide educational tour, hits the road soon 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 Rae Minten. 

The travelling troupe in the big white van will visit more than 50 schools around the region.  From the Oregon coast on the west to Ontario on the east, it is one of the largest arts education and outreach tours on the West Coast.  Beginning in January 2012 in Portland, it will include 70 in-school and public performances throughout the state—more than half of which will be heavily subsidized or presented free of charge for families and disadvantaged schools and students. 


“The Portland Opera To Go tour is one of the Company’s most important endeavors,” says Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano.  “This tour allows us to bring the power and beauty of opera to thousands of children throughout the region,” he continues.  “Some of these students have never been exposed to a live theatrical performance.  Thanks to our tour sponsors, this is our gift to those children and their future.”


This classic fairytale about the greatest adventure in two children’s lives is designed especially to introduce new audiences to opera. Each school performance is accompanied by extensive lesson plans for teachers that meet the Common Core State Standards, and at many tour stops, the professional performers will spend time in classrooms working directly with students. 

In addition to more than 50 in-school performances, audiences of all ages will be able to enjoy Hansel and Gretel, as well as a special concert of opera’s greatest hits at community venues all over the state, including: McMenamins Grand Lodge (Forest Grove), the Sand Trap (Gearhart), Edgefield (Troutdale), the Crystal Ballroom (Portland), Hotel Oregon (McMinnville), the Kennedy School (Portland), Old St. Francis School (Bend), the Olympic Club (Centralia), and the Portland Center for Performing Arts. The Portland Opera to Go performers will also present a benefit concert of opera’s greatest hits for the Elgin Opera House in Elgin, OR and will give presentations of the 50-minute opera only at The Hampton Opera center in Portland.



HanselMezzo Soprano JORDAN McCLELLAN
The FatherBaritone STACEY MURDOCK
The MotherMezzo Soprano DRU RUTLEDGE
Stage DirectorChris Mattaliano
Set DesignerPolly Robbins
Costume DesignerRae Minten












Locally, three public performances of Hansel and Gretel are scheduled at The Hampton Opera Center, Portland Opera Studio (211 SE Caruthers, just south of OMSI) on February 10 (7pm) and February 11 (1pm and 4pm). 

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


2/10/12 Hansel and Gretel 7:00PMHampton Opera Center    Portland
2/11/12Hansel and Gretel1:00PMHampton Opera Center Portland
2/11/12Hansel and Gretel4:00PMHampton Opera Center Portland



*FREE performance open to the public

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Hansel and Gretel will be followed bya concert of opera’s greatest hits.


1/22/12*Hansel & Gretel / Concert2:00PM Grand Lodge / Compass RoomForest Grove
1/26/12*Hansel & Gretel / Concert7:00PM Sand Trap / Livingston RoomGearhart
1/29/12*Hansel & Gretel / Concert2:00PM Edgefield Blackberry HallTroutdale
2/2/12*Hansel & Gretel / Concert7:00PM Crystal Ballroom / Lola's RoomPortland
2/5/12*Hansel & Gretel / Concert2:00PM Hotel Oregon / Mattie's RoomMcMinnville
2/16/12*Hansel & Gretel / Concert7:00PM Kennedy School / GymPortland
3/11/12*Hansel & Gretel / Concert2:00PM Old St. Francis SchoolBend
3/23/12*Hansel & Gretel / Concert7:00PM Olympic Club TheaterCentralia, WA



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1/11/12Hansel & Gretel1:00PM Pleasant Valley PrimaryVancouver (WA)
1/12/12Hansel & Gretel10:00AM St. Thomas More SchoolPortland
1/12/12Hansel & Gretel2:00PM Boise-Eliot Elementary SchoolPortland
1/13/12Hansel & Gretel10:00AM Woodstock Elementary SchoolPortland
1/17/12Hansel & Gretel1:00PM Lourdes Public Charter SchoolScio
1/18/12Hansel & Gretel10:50AM Woodmere ElementaryPortland
1/19/12Hansel & Gretel9:30AM Chenowith ElementaryThe Dalles
1/20/12Hansel & Gretel12:30PM Colonel Wright Elementary SchoolThe Dalles
1/24/12Hansel & Gretel1:00PM Crestview Heights Elementary SchoolWaldport
1/25/12Hansel & Gretel2:00PM East Elementary SchoolTillamook
1/26/12Hansel & Gretel10:00AM Nehalem Elementary SchoolNehalem
1/27/12Hansel & Gretel9:50AM Cannon Beach ElementaryCannon Beach
1/29/12Double bill12:00PM Edgefield Blackberry HallTroutdale
1/30/12Hansel & Gretel1:00PM Mt Pleasant ElementaryOregon City
1/31/12Hansel & Gretel10:00AM Holy Cross Catholic SchoolPortland
2/1/12Hansel & Gretel2:00PM Willamette ViewPortland
2/2/12Hansel & Gretel2:00PM Creston Elementary SchoolPortland
2/3/12Hansel & Gretel9:30AM Davis Elementary SchoolPortland
2/3/12Hansel & Gretel10:00AM Bonnie Slope ElementaryPortland
2/6/12Hansel & Gretel10:00AM Eagle Creek Elementary SchoolEagle Creek
2/7/12Hansel & Gretel10:00AM Dry Hollow ElementaryThe Dalles
2/8/12Hansel & Gretel1:00PM Mosier Community SchoolMosier
2/13/12Hansel & Gretel12:00PM PCPAPortland
2/13/12Sing and Chat6:00PM Oregon Children's TheaterPortland
2/14/12Hansel & Gretel10:00AM Turner Elementary SchoolThurner
2/15/12Hansel & Gretel12;50PM Greenway Elementary SchoolBeaverton
2/16/12Hansel & Gretel9:30AM Davis Elemetary SchoolPortland
2/17/12Hansel & Greteltba  Whitman ElementaryPortland
2/21/12Hansel & Gretel2:00PM Pine Eagle School DistrictHalfway
2/25/12Benefit Concert7:00PM Elgin Opera HouseElgin
2/27/12Hansel & Gretel1:00PM Annex Charter SchoolOntario
2/29/12Hansel & Gretel1:30PM St. Mary's Home for BoysBeaverton
3/1/12Hansel & Gretel2:30PM Jackson Middle SchoolPortland
3/2/12Hansel & Gretel9:30AM Arleta Elementary SchoolPortland
3/5/12Hansel & Gretel9:30AM Vernon Elementary SchoolPortland
3/6/12Hansel & Gretel1:00PM Trinity Lutherhan SchoolPortland
3/7/12Hansel & Gretel11:00AM Forest Hills ElementaryLake Oswego
3/8/12Hansel & Gretel10:00AM Estacada Junior High (vemue)Estacada
3/12/12Hansel & Gretel9:15AM Pine Ridge Elementary SchoolBend
3/13/12Hansel & Gretel2:00PM Amity Creek Magnet SchoolBend
3/16/12Hansel & Gretel2:00PM Morningside ElementarySalem
3/19/12Hansel & Gretel10:00AM Childpeace MontessoriPortland
3/20/12Hansel & Gretel10:00AM Atkinson Elementary SchoolPortland
3/21/12Hansel & Gretel10:00AM R.A. Long High SchoolLongview
3/22/12Hansel & Gretel8:30AM Fords Prarie Elementary SchoolCentralia


Education Program SPONSORS


The C.A.R.E. Foundation  |  The William Randolf Hearst Foundation