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Hänsel und Gretel

Music Engelbert Humperdinck → Märchenspiel in drei Bildern

Cast 02.01.2020

Conductor Tomáš Hanus
Director Adrian Noble
Set and costume design Anthony Ward
Lighting Design Jean Kalman
Choreography Denni Sayers
Video Andrzej Goulding
Peter Besenbinder Boaz Daniel
Gertrud Stephanie Houtzeel
Hänsel Margaret Plummer
Gretel Andrea Carroll
Knusperhexe Monika Bohinec
Sandmännchen Ileana Tonca
Taumännchen Ileana Tonca


Since its premiere in 1893, Engelbert Humperdinck's fairytale opera »Hansel and Gretel« has awakened a passion for music theatre in generations of children. Even his great contemporaries – such as Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler or Johannes Brahms – were delighted by this work. It is the successful combination of seemingly folkloric simplicity and the complex musical language of Wagner’s direct successor, of simple melody and artful orchestration, and of socio-critical realism and atmospheric magic that makes the music to the Brothers Grimm’s famous story so captivating. And so the Vienna State Opera's production speaks to both children and adults alike, leading through wondrous projections of a magic lantern into the middle of the fairytale storyline.