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Hänsel und GretelNew production

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Erkel Színház (Erkel Theatre)II. János Pál pápa tér 30., Budapest, Central Hungary, H-1087, Hungary
Dates/times in Budapest time zone
Humperdinck, Engelbert (1854-1921)Hänsel und GretelLibretto by Adelheid Wette
Hungarian State Opera
János KovácsConductor
Rafael VillalobosDirector, Costume Designer
Emanuele SinisiSet Designer
Zsófia KálnayMezzo-sopranoHänsel
Gabriella BalgaMezzo-sopranoHänsel
Helga NánásiSopranoGretel
Mária CelengSopranoGretel
Csaba SzegediBaritonePeter / Father
Zsolt HajaBaritonePeter / Father
Lúcia Megyesi SchwartzMezzo-sopranoGertrude / Mother
Atala SchöckMezzo-sopranoGertrude / Mother
Judit NémethMezzo-sopranoWitch
Bernadett WiedemannMezzo-sopranoWitch
Krisztina SimonMezzo-sopranoSandman
Eszter ZavarosSopranoSandman
Ildikó JakabSopranoDew Fairy
Ingrid KertesiSopranoDew Fairy

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.

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