Hänsel und Gretel

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.


When Engelbert Humperdinck wrote an opera about Hänsel und Gretel for his own nieces and nephews, naturally he was not aware of what an beloved masterpiece it would turn out to be. Now, finally, it is to be staged at The Göteborg Opera.

Set design illustration by Etienne Pluss
Set design illustration by Etienne PlussEtienne Pluss

In this production, the story takes place in the present day. Hänsel and Gretel's parents seem to have little time for them, so they start to play and imagine this exciting story. Doesn't the gingerbread house look suspiciously like their own house? And the witch – she looks familiar somehow.

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.

Photo: Vera Markus
Elisabeth Meyer (Gretel)Vera Markus
Photo: Martin Hellström
Sofie Asplund (Gretel)Martin Hellström
Photo: Emelie Joenniemi
Matilda Paulsson (Hänsel)Emelie Joenniemi
Photo: Mats Landerberg
Susanne Resmark (The Witch)Mats Landerberg

Programme

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November 2014

Listen

Playing: "Brüderchen, Komm, Tanz' Mit Mir"

Recorded 1971 with Anna Moffo, Helen Donath etc. Copyright 1995 BMG Music

Information

A fairy tale opera in two acts by ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK (1854-1921). Libretto by ADELHEID WETTE based on the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. Swedish translation by KARL SJUNNESSON.

  • Genre: Fairytale opera
  • Season: 2014/2015
  • premiere: 22 Nov 2014
  • Last show: 1 Feb 2015
  • Location:

    Main Stage.

  • Length: 2 hours and 30 minutes including 1 interval.

Conductor   Henrik Schaefer
Direction   Katharina Thoma
Set Design   Etienne Pluss
Costume Design   Irina Bartels
Lighting Design   Joakim Brink

Peter (Father)    Marco Stella
Gertrud (Mother)   Carolina Sandgren
Hänsel   Matilda Paulsson
Gretel   Elisabeth Meyer
   Sofie Asplund
The Witch   Susanne Resmark
Sandman / Dewman   Mia Karlsson
The Göteborg Opera Orchestra
Children's Chorus
Extras
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