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OpernhausLeipzig, Saxony, D 04109, Germany
December 03 11:00, December 06 18:00, December 08 11:00, 15:00
Oper Leipzig
Ulf SchirmerConductor
Matthias ForemnyConductor
Christoph GedscholdConductor
Birgit EckenweberDirector
Alexander J MudlagkSet Designer, Costume Designer
Sandra JankeContraltoHänsel
Sandra MaxheimerMezzo-sopranoHänsel
Magdalena HinterdoblerSopranoGretel
Alvaro ZambranoTenorWitch
Dan KarlströmTenorWitch
Franz Xaver SchlechtBaritonePeter / Father
Kathrin GöringMezzo-sopranoGertrude / Mother
Karin LoveliusMezzo-sopranoGertrude / Mother
Christian GeltingerDramaturgy
Sophie BauerChoirmaster / chorus director
Leipzig Opera Children's Choir
Jugendchor der Oper Leipzig
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

For over a century, Engelbert Humperdinck’s fairy-tale opera »Hänsel and Gretel« has been enchanting generations of young opera-goers. Not insignificantly, the premiere of this work took place on the night before Christmas Eve. To this day, this beloved opera is performed near Christmastime in many opera houses. After all, Christmas is a time for family, and »Hänsel and Gretel« is a family opera par excellence: While their children’s eyes widen in wonder at their first opera experience, parents can reminisce and delight in nostalgia. In this new production, director Birgit Eckenweber, together with her set- and costume designer Alexander Mudlagk, sends Hansel and Gretel into a fantastical fairy-tale world that’s guaranteed to fascinate. Ah, to be young again!

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