Detroit Opera Touring Ensemble: Little Red Riding Hood - Detroit Opera

Detroit Opera Touring Ensemble: Little Red Riding Hood

When Little Red Riding Hood goes to visit her Grandmother, she promises Mother that she will not stray from the path. But in the woods, she can't resist searching for delicious strawberries - only to find a hungry Wolf instead! When the Wolf meets her again at Grandmother's house, it's up to clever Little Red to save the day.

The Touring Ensemble in Detroit Opera House’s Boll Hall

Detroit Opera’s Touring Ensemble hits the road every year, traveling to schools throughout Michigan! We are currently taking bookings through June 2023, so if you are interested in bringing the Touring Ensemble to your school, please contact our Program Coordinator, Branden Hood (bhood@detroitopera.org). For many young audiences, the performers are often their first introduction to the art form! As last season’s cast members explain, this community-based representation is crucial, not only to the mission of Detroit Opera, but to nurture the cultural arts for all Michiganders.

Imani Grosvernor, soprano
I have always wanted to sing with Detroit Opera. This is my first time with the company! I love that this house is dedicated to serving the community. And the community looks a lot like me. And so, I just thought if I could be part of this company in any way, I wanted to do that.

(We are thrilled to share that Ms. Grosvernor is now a member of the U.S. Army Chorus! The role of Little Red has since been filled by the wonderful Kayla Hill Odera.)

ANDREA SCOBIE, Director of Education

For a lot of [young audiences], it's their first time hearing opera. They respond to a live performance, so they love to see the costumes, they love to see the energy of the performers, they love to laugh, and to be involved - Little Red Riding Hood has a lot of call and response and they are always so excited and eager to “talk” with the characters.

KASWANNA KAYINDA, mezzo soprano

These productions are a way to expose kids to the art form at an early age. I know for me, as far as my imagination of what was possible, it was based on what I could see. If I would have seen someone who looked like me on stage, singing classically, I would have known that that's a possibility, that that's what I can do. Hopefully, when we're building these new operas, or, we're exposing our new audience to these things, we actually are in tune with what they want, and what they need.

(In our upcoming tour, the role of Grandmother/Mother played by Kaswanna will be performed by Lily Belle Czartorski.)

DAVID MOAN, tenor

 

 

I find this type of opera to be some of the most fulfilling. To get to come into a school like this, or to a small community like we did this past weekend and see these kids’ faces light up. The idea that we are starting a journey on the arts, not just opera, but the arts in general, is such an amazing gift that we can give to the community. It's very good for the heart, as well as keeping the mind clear.

 

For more information, please visit our In-School Performances page here or call (313) 237-3429.

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