Opera

Hänsel und Gretel

Engelbert Humperdinck (1854 – 1921)
Sung in German, with surtitles
Fairy tale opera in three acts | Libretto: Adelheid Wette, based on the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm
First performance: 1893 in Weimar

Stella An, Franziska Gottwald
Photo: Sven-Helge Czichy
Stella An, Franziska Gottwald
Photo: Sven-Helge Czichy
Stella An, Franziska Gottwald
Photo: Sven-Helge Czichy
Franziska Gottwald, Stella An
Photo: Sven-Helge Czichy
Stella An, Franziska Gottwald
Photo: Sven-Helge Czichy
Stella An, Franziska Gottwald, Katharina Konradi
Photo: Sven-Helge Czichy
Stella An, Franziska Gottwald, Katharina Konradi
Photo: Sven-Helge Czichy
Franziska Gottwald, Stella An, Youth Chorus Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden
Photo: Sven-Helge Czichy
Stella An, Franziska Gottwald
Photo: Sven-Helge Czichy
Stella An, Franziska Gottwald
Photo: Sven-Helge Czichy
Stella An, Franziska Gottwald
Photo: Sven-Helge Czichy
Franziska Gottwald, Stella An
Photo: Sven-Helge Czichy
Franziska Gottwald, Benedikt Nawrath, Stella An
Photo: Sven-Helge Czichy
Franziska Gottwald, Stella An, Benedikt Nawrath
Photo: Sven-Helge Czichy
Benedikt Nawrath
Photo: Sven-Helge Czichy
Benedikt Nawrath
Photo: Sven-Helge Czichy

The first seeds for “Hansel and Gretel” were planted by Humperdinck’s sister, Adelheit Wette, who in the 1890s had written a libretto based on the Grimm fairytale. Initially intended only as light Christmas entertainment for her children, she asked her brother to set her texts to music, but later the talented siblings decided to turn this modest family project into a full-scale opera. Since its first performance in 1893 the catchy work has been a huge stage success, delighting many generations of children (and adults!), especially at Christmas time. “Hansel and Gretel” is filled with folk-inspired melodies, such as “Brother, Come and Dance with Me”, “A Little Man Stands in the Forest” and, of course, the “Evening Prayer”.  The plot is both a simple children’s story and a fable about love and determination during hard times: Hansel and Gretel grow up in poverty and hardship, with their broom-maker father struggling to make ends meet and support the family. Nevertheless, the siblings frolic noisily around the house, singing and dancing. As punishment for disturbing the peace, the Mother sends them into the forest to look for strawberries. After losing their way in the woods, they are lured to a house made of candy, only to be imprisoned by a vicious witch – who eats children – lurking inside. Through sheer determination the siblings finally free themselves and are reunited with their parents, who rejoice at having them back.

The story is touching and exhilarating, simple and profound at the same time, making Wilhelm Grimm’s own words about the typical fairytale ending particularly poignant: “The epic always ends with the commencement of endless joy”. The production by young director Beka Savić is a thrilling adaptation of the fabulous fairytale, suitable for young and old.

Cast

Conductor Christoph Stiller
Director Beka Savić
Stage Designer Bettina Neuhaus
Costume Designer Susanne Füller
Video Gérard Naziri
Lighting Designer Andreas Frank
Youth Chorus Direction Dagmar Howe
Dramaturgy Katja Leclerc
Peter the broom-maker Thomas de Vries
Gertrud Margarete Joswig
Hansel Silvia Hauer
Gretel Katharina Konradi, Stella An
The Gingerbread Witch Erik Biegel
Sandman & Dew Fairy Stella An, Katharina Konradi
Jugendchor des Hessischen Staatstheaters Wiesbaden, Hessisches Staatsorchester Wiesbaden

Dates

RevivalGrosses Haus19:30 - 21:45
Grosses Haus19:30 - 21:45
Grosses Haus19:30 - 21:45
Grosses Haus19:30 - 21:45
Grosses Haus12:00 - 14:15