Tones on the Stones Kids

In 2017, alongside the traditional programme, a section dedicated to our younger guests and above all for residents from the mountain communities.

Without Children mountains will die

It is of the greatest importance to guarantee children the right to live and grow up in the mountains, safeguarding services and leisure opportunities, the chance to share, participate and grow. Children are the future for the mountains. Without them the small municipalities in the Piedmont hinterland and the rest of the country will die out. After years of dramatic depopulation, we want to help families who have returned to and decided to work in the highlands. To this end we need to make the right political and institutional choices both for families and their children.
Tones on the Stones offers a weekend of activities created specially for youngsters including shows, workshops and performing itineraries to put them in touch with nature and artistic production.


10.00 am to 05.00 pm

Potions, Magical Spells and Witchcraft

Workshops and Performance in the Orridi di Uriezzo

The ancient fables of the Ossolan mountains will be used as a basis weaving the animated itinerary.
The project is directed by Cristina Bersanelli (Premio Abbiati 2017).

The Gorge, the Rock and the creativity of Tones on the Stones

Tones on the Stones, thanks to the know-how which has been accumulated over the years during work in the quarries, confronts the morphology of the Gorge, which consists of a series of large sub-circular caves linked by narrow passageways and winding tunnels. The walls have been carved into recesses, spirals and channels made by the violent and swirling waterfalls and in some places the walls are so close to each other that you can no longer see the sky.
This beguiling setting becomes the set for a series of stories, performances and workshops. With the particpation of actors, dancers and acrobats a multisensory itinerary will be created allowing participants to live an artistic experience in close contact with nature.


h. 09.00 pm

Hansel and Gretel

Italian version

Music by Engelbert Humperdinck
Directed by Alessio Pizzech
Conductor Massimo Scapin

Hänsel und Gretel is a romantic opera in three acts by Engelbert Humperdinck with a libretto by Adelheid Wette (the composer’s sister), based on the fable of the same name by the brothers Grimm. Composed in Frankfurt am Main in 1891, it was performed for the first time in Weimar on 23rd December 1893, successfully directed by Richard Strauss, who wrote to Humperdinck: “To tell the truth this is a first class work. I haven’t been so impressed by an opera for a very long time. What an agreeable spirit, what charm, what simple tunes, what art and skill in the management of the orchestra, and what a triumph in the general structure. My dear friend, you are a great maestro».

The performance has been creaated thanks to the Opera Studio Aterlier La Voce dell’Arte project that chooses young professionals and launches them on their operatic career by means of training workshops. The selected artists are given a grant and are lodged in the village of Crodo.

I protagonisti

  • Hansel (mezzosoprano)
  • Gretel (soprano)
  • Pietro (baritono)
  • Geltrude (soprano)
  • Strega Marzapane (mezzosoprano)
  • ll Nano sabbiolino (soprano)
  • ll Nano rugiadoso (soprano)

For this performance considerable involvement of the audience is foreseen: in the week of the performance there will be open rehearsals and free singing lessons for children and families with the aim of having the audience singing two small choral pieces which are included in the score of the opera. From May onwards through social media you will find tutorials posted to help you to get to know the opera and work on the parts to be sung. Children will have the chance to help construct the sets by making small props at home that they will be able to place on the stage before the performance.