Hansel and Gretel

Music by

Engelbert Humperdinck

Metropolitan Opera

New York, NY

Monday December 18, 2017 - 7:30 PM
Friday December 22, 2017 - 8:00 PM
Tuesday December 26, 2017 - 7:30 PM
Saturday December 30, 2017 - 8:00 PM
Monday January 1, 2018 - 7:30 PM
Saturday January 6, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Cast

Hansel  Tara Erraught
Gretel  Lisette Oropesa
Gertrude  Dolora Zajick
The Witch  Gerhard Siegel
Peter  Quinn Kelsey
Sandman  Rihab Chaieb
Dew Fairy  Hyesang Park

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.


Sirius Broadcasts

Sirius will be broadcasting live performances of Hansel and Gretel on the opening performance, December 18th and again on the 26th. The final performance, January 6th, will also be broadcast.

Reviews

Met’s colorful, if gruesome, “Hansel and Gretel” returns with its seasonal “magic”

Soprano Lisette Oropesa as Gretel sang with slimmed-down, girlish tone in the early scenes, limiting her projection of words and emotions, but found her dramatic mojo (and piercing high notes) in the climactic final act.

—  David Wright  •  New York Classical Review

hell’s kitchen

Oropesa runs marathons and no doubt needed that stamina for the non-stop rigorous work-out Gretel gets in the third act. Her high sweet voice always struck just the right note of girlish delight and awe.

—  Christopher Corwin  •  Parterre

Review: The Met’s Holiday ‘Hansel’ Is Surreal (and Timely)

It was fun to watch the fidgety Hansel (the mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught) and fretful Gretel (the soprano Lisette Oropesa) trading nonsensical taunts, dancing together and skipping their chores while their parents are off working, like mischievous siblings everywhere.

—  Anthony Tommasini  •  New York Times

Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Review – Hansel and Gretel: Lisette Oropesa & Co. Deliver One of Season’s

Perhaps no one did a more fantastic job at playing to this tonal flexibility than Lisette Oropesa, her entire interpretation walking this line beautifully. Physically she was fully committed to arguably the most demanding of roles in this particular opera. We always felt she was a young girl just from looking at her. From her extremely acting facial expressions to her prancing about, even in the darkest of times. Seeing her fool around while the witch was attempting to control her elicited a tremendous amount of laughs.

—  David Salazar  •  Opera Wire

Performance History

Lisette has given 6 performances as Gretel.