Hansel and Gretel

Music by

Engelbert Humperdinck

Cast

Hansel  Tara Erraught
Gretel  Lisette Oropesa
Gertrude  Dolora Zajick
The Witch  Gerhard Siegel
Peter  Quinn Kelsey

Conductor

Donald Runnicles

Production

Richard Jones

Choreography

Linda Dobell

Set Designer

John Macfarlane

Lighting

Jennifer Tipton

About

Premiere: Weimar, Court Theater, 1893. Originally conceived as a small-scale vocal entertainment for children, Hansel and Gretel resonates with both adults and children, and has become one of the most successful fairy-tale operas ever created. The composer, Engelbert Humperdinck, was a protégé of Richard Wagner, and the opera’s score is flavored with the sophisticated musical lessons he learned from his idol while maintaining a charm and a light touch that were entirely Humperdinck’s own. The opera acknowledges the darker features present in the Brothers Grimm version of the familiar folk tale, yet presents them within a frame of grace and humor.

The opera’s three acts move from Hansel and Gretel’s home to the dark forest to the Witch’s gingerbread house deep in the forest. Put another way, the drama moves from the real, through the obscure, and into the unreal and fantastical. In this production, which takes the idea of food as its dramatic focus, each act is set in a different kind of kitchen, informed by a different theatrical style: a D.H. Lawrence-inspired setting in the first, a German Expressionist one in the second, and a Theater of the Absurd mood in the third.

Performance History

Lisette has given 0 performances as Gretel.