Not your ordinary opera

. April 26, 2013.

Though kids aren't traditionally the biggest fans of the genre, opera includes all the things that capture their attention: music, drama, and action! The Toledo Opera aims to open their eyes to this classic art form with Opera on Wheels, a program designed for kindergarten through middle school students, helping them develop a life-long appreciation for opera and theater. This year's performance is The Italian Girl, an adaptation of Gioachino Rossini's 'L'Italiana in Algeri, created by artistic director Jennifer Creswell, which retells the classic story of a man trying to woo a potential queen before learning that "it's what's on the inside that counts." The opera will be performed 64 times this season in public schools throughout the Northwest Ohio and Southeastern Michigan region to over 20,000 students. According to Collin Stegeman, communications coordinator for the Toledo Opera, the play "is set in a high school and is sung in English instead of Italian. This is to try and make the audience relate to the play as much as possible — for many of [the participating students], it's their first professional gig." For more information on Opera on Wheels or to book them for a performance at your school, visit or call 419-255-7464.