Hänsel und Gretel

Opera - by Engelbert Humperdinck - The State Opera

By Prague National Theatre

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.

Hänsel und Gretel, State Opera (2015/2015) by Engelbert HumperdinckPrague National Theatre

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.

Hänsel und Gretel, State Opera (2015/2015) by Engelbert HumperdinckPrague National Theatre

Poprvé byla opera uvedena ve Výmaru 23. 12. 1893 dirigentem a později světoznámým skladatelem Richardem Straussem. Dílo získávalo větší a větší oblibu a už v roce 1905 bylo uvedeno až za oceánem v newyorské Metropolitní opeře.

Hänsel und Gretel, State Opera (2015/2015) by Engelbert HumperdinckPrague National Theatre

Jaroslav Březina (Witch)

Hänsel und Gretel, State Opera (2015/2015) by Engelbert HumperdinckPrague National Theatre

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)

Hänsel und Gretel, State Opera (2015/2015) by Engelbert HumperdinckPrague National Theatre

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

Hänsel und Gretel, State Opera (2015/2015) by Engelbert HumperdinckPrague National Theatre

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)

Hänsel und Gretel, State Opera (2015/2015) by Engelbert HumperdinckPrague National Theatre

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.

Hänsel und Gretel, State Opera (2015/2015) by Engelbert HumperdinckPrague National Theatre

Svatopluk Sem (Dad)

Hänsel und Gretel, State Opera (2015/2015) by Engelbert HumperdinckPrague National Theatre

Veronika Hajnová (Mom), Jiří Hájek (Dad)

Hänsel und Gretel, State Opera (2015/2015) by Engelbert HumperdinckPrague National Theatre

Martin Šrejma (Witch)

Hänsel und Gretel, State Opera (2015/2015) by Engelbert HumperdinckPrague National Theatre

Martin Šrejma (Witch)

Hänsel und Gretel, State Opera (2015/2015) by Engelbert HumperdinckPrague National Theatre

Veronika Hajnová (Mom), Jiří Hájek (Dad)

Hänsel und Gretel, State Opera (2015/2015) by Engelbert HumperdinckPrague National Theatre

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

Credits: Story

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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