THE WOODS HOLD SECRETS BOTH WICKED AND SWEET.
ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK / ADELHEID WETTE
Hansel and Gretel (1893)
(Hänsel und Gretel)
"Full of charming little tunes… rich fare for a kid who hasn't seen opera before"
--The Washington Post
Once upon a time, two children found themselves lost in a dark forest, until they happened upon a house made entirely of sweets. What happens next, well that's the story of Hansel and Gretel! Complete with a cackling witch, enchanted fairies, dancing animals, and an oversized gingerbread oven, the timeless Grimm brothers' fairy tale returns for the holidays in WNO's whimsical and neon-colored production.
Combining "a staging that looked like a comic book by Dr. Seuss" (The Washington Post) with Engelbert Humperdinck's "buoyantly luscious music" (The New York Times), this sparkling English-language production is a favorite of children and adults alike. Highlighting current and former Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists alongside the WNO Children's Chorus, this popular family opera tradition is "a great idea," says the Washington Post. "As enjoyable as it is to rediscover classical music around the holidays, it's even better to experience it for the first time."
Suitable for ages 9 and up.
Performance Timing: Act One - 54 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act Two - 42 min.
Note: Prior to the 2 p.m. performance on Sunday, Dec. 13, come early for a Musical Instrument "Zoo" in the North Atrium Foyer. Young operagoers can get up close to some of the instruments they'll see played during the opera, hosted by WNO Orchestra members and NSO Women's Committee volunteers.
Orchestral Reduction by