Hänsel und Gretel
The real danger of eating candy.
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.
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 exquisitely beautiful fairytale opera, for adults and brave children.
Hänsel 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 Hänsel, while the role of Gretel will be shared between Elisabeth Meyer (until 19 Dec) and Sofie Asplund (from 7 January). You may have seen Sophie before as Maria in West Side Story, or Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro. Susanne Resmark guarantees that the gingerbread-baking Witch is deliciously terrifying.
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 Richard Jones' production Billy Budd last season.