Fairy tale opera. In perfect time for the festive season, this will be a magical experience for young and old alike.
The real danger of eating candy
Premiere 22 November 2014
13 performances. Runs until 1 February 2015
Performed in Swedish.
We’re staging Humperdinck’s masterpiece for the very first time. And it will be a breath-taking experience. Hänsel und Gretel is a dramatic and tremendously beautiful fairy-tale opera, for adults and brave children.
Hansel and Gretel's parents are stressed. All the time. The children are mostly left alone, their fantasies and games taking them further and further away from home. Suddenly they’re lost, in the middle of a dark forest. A dew fairy is flying about, a house made of candy appears out of the ground and a witch, who reminds them a lot of someone they know well, is way too kind …
After a significant career, Matilda Paulsson, is now going to meet the Gothenburg audience as Hansel, while the role of Gretel will be shared between Elisabeth Meyer and Sofie Asplund. You may have seen Sophie before as Maria in West Side Story, performed here in 2011-2012. Susanne Resmark guarantees that the gingerbread-baking Witch is deliciously terrifying. German-born conductor Henrik Schaefer, Musical Director of The Göteborg Opera Orchestra, has grown up hearing this music.
German-born conductor Henrik Schaefer, Musical Director of The Göteborg Opera Orchestra, has been surrounded by this music since childhood. Direction is by Katharina Thoma, who did such wonders with Billy Budd last season.