Hold hands and stick together.

FEBRUARY 13 and FEBRUARY 15, 2020

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
145 Queen St. W, Toronto, ON

An adaptation of the new COC co-production by Engelbert Humperdinck, with the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Join Hansel and Gretel on a musical adventure! The classic fairytale gets an urban twist when two curious siblings set off to explore their surroundings – and encounter some quirky neighbours along the way. With no limits to their imaginations, the ordinary becomes extraordinary in this timeless story of family, teamwork, and everyday magic. This 90-minute adaptation of the COC’s full-length opera is sung in English and ideal for young audiences.

Suitable for young people in grades 4 and up. The opera is sung in English and is 90 minutes in length without intermission.




    Bring your students to the opera! Your experience will include:

    • Pre-performance activities the day of the performance
    • 90 minutes of non-stop theatre magic and beautiful music
    • A study guide to help you prepare your students for the opera

    Performances: February 13, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. and February 15, 2020 at 2 p.m. 

    Cost: $15/student (One complimentary teacher/chaperone ticket for every 10 students).

    Buy Tickets: Contact Group Sales at 416-306-2356 or [email protected]

    Curriculum Connections:

    Music : C2. Reflecting, Responding, Analyzing

    • C2.1 – Express initial reactions and personal responses to musical performances in a variety of ways
    • C2.2 – Identify the elements of music in the music they perform, listen to, and create, and describe how they are used
    • C2.3 – Identify and give examples of their strengths and areas for growth as musical performers, creators, interpreters, and audience members

    Share an hour of music and storytelling with your family! Your experience will include:

    • Fun and interactive pre-performance activities
    • 90 minutes of non-stop theatre magic and beautiful music
    • Q&A with the cast following the performance
    • Resources to help you and your family prepare for the opera

    Performances: February 13, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. and February 15, 2020 at 2 p.m.

    Individual tickets for the public will go on sale Thursday, November 21, 2019.

  • Location of Performance

    The opera will be performed in the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (145 Queen St. W, Toronto, ON).


    Parking for approximately 200 vehicles is available underneath the building at a cost of $24. The parking entrance is on York Street, south of Queen Street. Additional parking is available nearby at the GREEN P lot under Nathan Phillips Square.

    Public Transit

    If taking the subway, exit at Osgoode Station on Line 1. If travelling above ground, the 501 Queen Streetcar will drop you a few steps from our main doors. (And the 504 will drop you a few further steps away, still within walking distance).

    Road Closures

    We recommend consulting the TTC and the City of Toronto’s webpages for their latest transportation updates, which may affect your trip here.

    Will Call

    For Will Call, your ticket(s) will be waiting for you at Box Office – turn left after you pass through the first set of main doors. Don’t forget your government-issued ID.


    Latecomers will be admitted at an appropriate time in the story. Since seats are first-come, first-served, latecomers will be subject to remaining available seats.

    Washroom Facilities

    Washrooms are located on the lower and upper levels, with accessible stalls in each washroom.


    We’re committed to creating an accessible experience for everyone who visits the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. For more on accessibility at the Four Seasons Centre please consult our Accessibility Policies or call COC Ticket Services at 416-363-8231 or email [email protected].

    Cameras and Recording Devices

    Please feel free to take selfies and videos at the opera house and share on social by tagging us @canadianopera or using our show hashtag #COCGingerbread. However, no pictures, video or sound recordings are permitted during the performance.

    Electronic Devices

    The use of mobile and smartphones and all other electronic devices is disruptive and is strictly prohibited during performances.

    Go Scent-Free

    We do ask that you do not use scented products and fragrances in consideration of patrons with allergies. 

  • All sales are final. Payment is processed immediately on receipt of order, after which there are no cancellations or refunds. It is the responsibility of the ticket holder to check their ticket for the correct performance, location, day of the week and curtain time. Program and artists are subject to change without notice.

    Tickets obtained from unauthorized sources may be invalid, lost, stolen or counterfeit and may not be honoured. Management reserves the right to refuse entry on re-sold tickets without refund.

    Account information is confidential and any updates or changes must come from the account holder. Ticket exchanges, releases and reprints can only be made by those named on the account. To make arrangements for someone else to pick up your tickets, please call Ticket Services at 416-363-8231 or email [email protected].

    Weather Policy

    The Canadian Opera Company is committed to honouring its published performance schedule. All COC performances will proceed as scheduled regardless of extreme weather conditions.

    Please allow for plenty of extra time when travelling to the theatre in inclement weather.

    We regret that tickets not used due to inclement weather cannot be refunded.

    Ticket Exchanges


    All tickets are exchangeable for another performance of the same opera (subject to availability) up to and no later than one full business day before the original performance date.


    Tickets may be exchanged through COC Ticket Services by phone or by completing the online form.


    Individual ticket exchanges are subject to a per-ticket service charge.

    Lost Tickets

    Lost tickets can be replaced free of charge by contacting COC Ticket Services. If you forget your tickets on the day of the performance, there is no need to rush home. We will be happy to replace your tickets free of charge.

  • The Opera for Young Audiences: Hansel & Gretel Study Guide is coming soon.

    A Visual Guide and Social Story will be available in January 2020.

  • Peter, Father Joel Allison
    Gertrude, Mother Simona Genga
    Hansel, their son Jamie Groote
    Gretel, their daughter Anna-Sophie Neher
    The Witch Matthew Cairns
    The Sandman/The Dew Fairy Lauren Margison

    All artists are current members of the COC Ensemble Studio, the country’s leading training program for Canada’s future opera stars.

    Conductor Derek Bate
    Director Joel Ivany
    Assistant Director Julie McIsaac
    Conductor Derek Bate
    Set & Projection Designer S.Katy Tucker
    Costume Designer Ming Wong
    Lighting Designer JAX Messenger

    *February 15 performance
    **February 13 performance

  • When you arrive at the Four Seasons Centre, the lobby space will be alive with activities related to the opera. Each floor will have an artist and/or community partner leading content. All are welcome to join in the fun!

    First Floor:  Joseph Salvaggio
    Oboist teaching excerpts from the opera

    Oboist Joey Salvalaggio has held positions with the Thunder Bay and Windsor Symphonies, the Britt Classical Festival (Oregon), and in 2000 was appointed Principal Oboe of the Memphis Symphony in Tennessee, where he played for 19 seasons. He has held faculty positions at the Inter Provincial Music Camp, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival and currently, as Oboe and Outreach Mentor with the Hot Springs Music Festival. He has performed with the National Arts Center Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, and the orchestras of the Canadian Opera Company and National Ballet of Canada. His work with living composers has resulted in new works for the oboe by Erik Ross, Lothar Klein, Elizabeth Raum, Beverly Lewis and Prix Italia winner, Christos Hatzis. In 2012, Joey founded Babu Press, a design firm that creates and performs literacy-focused classical music storybooks for young audiences. This work has resulted in commissions for the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Initiative, Memphis' Crosstown Arts, Ireland's Walled City Music Festival and the Tuscaloosa, Memphis, Nashville and Florida Orchestras.

    Second Floor: Building Roots

    Building Roots enables people to create socially cohesive communities. Envisioning vibrant, resilient neighbourhoods across Toronto, their transformative work includes:

    Moss Park Market – Non-profit food store and community hub, founded to ensure everyone has access to fresh, affordable and culturally diverse foods.

    Urban Farm at Ashbridge Estate - Volunteer-driven farm, supplying the Market with fresh produce and community members with hands-on environmental learning.

    Events, Workshops, Training – Engaging, inclusive programming focused on arts and education, aimed at reducing social isolation and animating underused public spaces.

    Third Floor: Annemarie Cabri
    Dancer leading audience in participatory movement sequence

    Annemarie Cabri danced for seven seasons (1981 to 1988) with Het Nationale Ballet, Amsterdam, in over 30 ballets from their extensive mixed repertoire. She then returned to Canada and became a featured dancer with Vancouver’s Judith Marcuse Dance Company.  Annemarie’s last solo performance on stage as an independent was in 2010 in Victoria, British Columbia, as a recipient of the Lola MacLaughlin Choreographic Prize.

    Passionately interested in how movement spurs our creative thinking and learning, Annemarie trained in Brain-compatible Dance Education founding the Cabri Dance School in Victoria, British Columbia, which followed the teaching practice and philosophy of Anne Green Gilbert, Seattle.  Annemarie currently teaches ballet and contemporary dance across Canada, as well as, teacher training in how to adapt movement classes for any age, degree of mobility, or learning stage.

    The versatility of Annemarie’s artistic abilities over many years has also allowed her to choreograph for those who are non-dance-trained in a variety of settings.  Her work is often a celebration of the everyday focusing on relationship, place, and easeful joyful dance.  As an established senior teaching artist in Toronto, Annemarie has created numerous community dance pieces for performance including live music, most recently in Sardinia, Italy.  She currently works as a Teaching Artist for the National Ballet and Opera Company both in Toronto teaching and developing content and choreography for outreach programs.  In 2019, she served as Ballet Mistress for the Canadian Opera Company’s acclaimed production of Rusalka from director Sir David McVicar.

    Annemarie enthusiastically looks forward to interacting with audiences of all ages attending COC productions this season.

    Fourth Floor: Jamii
    The Stories the Wind Carries

    Jamii is an arts organization with the intent of building community and nurturing women in leadership. Jamii starting the production of The Stories the Wind Carries in 2018. This project sees the creation of a series of portraits using creative writing, visual arts and performing that is created by people from Wawa/Michipicoten First Nation, Pikangikum First Nation, Wolfe Island and The Esplanade (downtown Toronto) about people from each of these communities.

    First and foremost a storytelling project, The Stories The Wind Carries is a powerful initiative to contribute making our voices heard while listening with generosity to others, and creating bridges between these communities separated by more than 1500kms.

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