Hansel and Gretel is an opera by nineteenth-century composer Engelbert Humperdinck, who described it as a Märchenoper (fairy-tale opera). The libretto was written by Humperdinck’s sister, Adelheid Wette, based on the Grimm brothers’ fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel”. It is much admired for its folk music-inspired themes, one of the most famous being the “Abendsegen” (“Evening Benediction”) from the second act. The idea for the opera was proposed to Humperdinck by his sister, who approached him about writing music for songs that she had written for her children for Christmas based on “Hansel and Gretel”. After several revisions, the musical sketches and the songs were turned into a full-scale opera.
SOT presents the beloved children’s tale in operatic form in a lighthearted performance for all ages! Celebrate the holiday season with Shakespeare Opera Theatre and bring the whole familyto experience this classic. Munch on Bavarian treats like soft pretzels, Charcuterie and Cheese, Black Forest cupcakes, Strudel and authentic Christmas Stollen before and during the show! Running time approximately one hour and thirty minutes, including one intermission. House opens for food and atmosphere 45 minutes before showtime.
Saturday 9 Dec 2023 at 3:00 pm at St. Thomas McLean in Hudson Hall
Saturday 9 Dec 2023 at 7:00 pm at St. Thomas McLean in Hudson Hall
Sunday 10 Dec 2023 at 3:00 pm at St. Thomas McLean in Hudson Hall
Saturday 16 Dec 2023 at 12:00 PM at Grace the Plains in the Parish Hall
Saturday 16 Dec 2023 at 4:00 PM at Grace the Plains in the Parish Hall