A portal in the forest

Hansel and Gretel

Introduce your students to the magic of opera through Opera Australia’s delightful production of one of the best-loved Brothers Grimm tales, returning to Victorian Schools in 2015 by popular demand.

Students will be captivated by the story of two young people and the bewitching characters that they meet on their journey of hardship, forgiveness and self-discovery.

Featuring professional singers, colourful costumes and an enchanting set, this fully staged version of Humperdinck’s opera has been devised especially for primary students, and is supported by curriculum-based Teachers Resource materials.


Foundation – Year 6


60 minutes set up and 30 minutes pack down


60 minutes, including Q&A session

  • 6m x 6m cleared space
  • 2.5m ceiling height (minimum)
  • Ground level access with no more than 5 stairs
  • Direct vehicle access to venue (no more than 20m)
  • 1 power outlet

$7 per student (no GST is charged)


150 students


Nexus Arts
t: 1800 675 897
f: 03 9523 6866


Every year, Opera Australia performs to 80,000 primary school children throughout Victoria and NSW.

It's always a big event. Opera Australia arrives at the start of the school day, complete with opera costumes, sets, four singers and a pianist. They need about 40 minutes to set up in your hall (or any large space), then they are ready to perform.

The schools tour presents up to three sessions in a day, and each session consists of a 50-minute performance of a complete opera followed by 10 minutes of questions and answers with the students and teachers.

Preparation and follow-up is all part of the experience: when you book you receive an Opera Australia teacher resource pack. This includes suggestions for classroom extension activities both before and after the opera incursion.


Tour dates

25 May – 29 AUGUST 2015

Composer Engelbert Humperdinck
Devised & directed by Christine Anketell
Music & Libretto adapted by Tim Sexton & Ian Bone
Father  Oliver Mann
Eugene Raggio
Gretel Rebecca Rashleigh
Kirilie Blythman
Hansel Emily Barber
Olivia Cranwell
Mother / Witch / Fairy Kirilie Blythman
Olivia Cranwell

Sue Goessling
Pamela Christie