Engelbert Humperdinck – Hänsel und Gretel


Children’s opera in two parts, in three acts, in Hungarian, with Hungarian and English surtitles

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The Wagnerian Engelbert Humperdinck is one of the most important figures in German fairy-tale opera. The success of a shortish “Märchenoper” composed to a libretto by the composer’s own sister, Adelheid Wette, convinced him to write a full-evening children’s opera based on the famous Brothers Grimm story, with slight departures from the original plot. The piece was immediately declared a masterpiece by Humperdinck’s contemporary Richard Strauss, who conducted the fairy-tale opera at its Weimar premiere. Greeted with instant and enormous acclaim, the work went on to conquer the world. This production of the piece is being directed by the Spaniard Rafael R. Villalobos, winner of Opera Europa’s directing competition in Graz.

Conductor: János Kovács

Hänsel: Zsófia Kálnay / Gabriella Balga
Gretel: Nóra Ducza / Nánási Helga
Peter (father): Csaba Szegedi / Zsolt Haja
Gertrud (mother): Lúcia Megyesi Schwartz / Atala Schöck
Witch: Judit Németh / Bernadett Wiedemann
The sleep fairy: Krisztina Simon / Eszter Zavaros
The dew fairy: Ingrid Kertesi

Libretto after the Grimms’ fairy tale by Adelheid Wette
Hungarian text: Frigyes Róna
Director: Rafael R. Villalobos
Set designer: Emanuele Sinisi
Costume designer: Rafael R. Villalobos
Choreographer: Csaba Sebestyén
Head of the Children’s Chorus: Nikolett Hajzer