2015

Hänsel und Gretel

Národní divadlo

Opera - by Engelbert Humperdinck - The State Opera

The opera, inspired by the Grimm brothers’ popular fairy tale, is the work of the German composer Engelbert Humperdinck and his sister Adelheid Wette, who wrote the libretto.

The Circus Scene from performance Hänsel und Gretel

Jaroslav Březina (Witch), Photo by I.Vodáková

The Opera - Premiered in Weimar on 23 December 1893, with Richard Strauss conducting, it was an immediate success, with its popularity growing rapidly, and it soon became a sensation beyond Germany. In 1905, the piece was staged at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Jana Levicová Horáková (Hänsel) and Yukiko Šrejmová Kinjo (Gretel), photo by H.Smejkalová

Jana Levicová Horáková (Hänsel) and Yukiko Šrejmová Kinjo (Gretel), photo by H.Smejkalová

The National Theatre production of Hänsel und Gretel, performed in Czech under the title Jeníček a Mařenka, is directed by Matěj Forman, primarily known to Prague audiences as the designer of magical sets for the highly acclaimed productions he has created in recent years for the National Theatre Opera together with his brother Petr. - Lucie Silkenová (Fairy), photo by H.Smejkalová

Matěj and his team’s conception of the musical fairy tale was inspired by the world of itinerant theatre. The score was explored by the conductor and music director of the State Opera, Martin Leginus.

Svatopluk Sem (Dad), Photo by H.Smejkalová

Veronika Hajnová (Mom) and Jiří Hájek (Dad), Photo by H.Smejkalová

Martin Šrejma (Witch) Photo by I.Vodáková

Martin Šrejma (Witch) Photo by I.Vodáková

Veronika Hajnová (Mom) and Jiří Hájek (Dad) , Photo by H.Smejkalová

Jana Levicová Horáková (Hänsel) and Yukiko Šrejmová Kinjo (Gretel), photo by H.Smejkalová

The opera, inspired by the Grimm brothers’ popular fairy tale, is the work of the German composer Engelbert Humperdinck and his sister Adelheid Wette, who wrote the libretto.
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Libretto adaptation: Matěj Forman, Andrea Sodomková, Radek Malý
Transversification: Radek Malý
Musical preparation: Martin Leginus
Conductor: Martin Leginus, Richard Hein, Jiří Štrunc
Stage director: Matěj Forman
Sets: Matěj Forman, Andrea Sodomková
Costumes: Andrea Sodomková
Choreography: Veronika Švábová
Dramaturgy: Beno Blachut
The State Opera Orchestra

The Kühn Children’s Choir

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