2015

Hänsel und Gretel

Prague National Theatre

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.

Jaroslav Březina (Witch)

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)

Jana Levicová Horáková (Hänsel) and Yukiko Šrejmová Kinjo (Gretel)

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)

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)

Veronika Hajnová (Mom), Jiří Hájek (Dad)

Martin Šrejma (Witch)

Martin Šrejma (Witch)

Veronika Hajnová (Mom), Jiří Hájek (Dad)

Jana Levicová Horáková (Hänsel), Yukiko Šrejmová Kinjo (Gretel)

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

Premiered in April 2015

Photo by Hana Smejkalová and Irena Vodáková

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