hansel & Gretel
Engelbert Humperdinck • November 3, 6, 9, 11, 2018
Based on the classic fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, Englebert Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel is a fantastical story of a young brother and sister who must navigate an enchanted forest full of twists, turns, and one wicked witch.
Siblings Hansel and Gretel are poor peasants. In a major parenting fail, their mother sends them to forage for strawberries in a haunted forest. They get lost and spend the night in the woods. The next morning, they stumble upon a gingerbread house inhabited by a witch who imprisons them. It will take all their wits to escape before she eats them!
Since its premiere in 1893 this beloved opera has enjoyed great success. With Humperdinck’s sweeping score, this whimsical operatic confection is sure to delight both adults and children. Hansel & Gretel is an opera which makes an equally good date night, girls’ night out, and family outing.
Originally written in German, Pittsburgh Opera will be performing it in English.
Antony Walker conducts and Crystal Manich directs.