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OpernhausFalkenstrasse 1, Zürich, 8008, Switzerland
December 15 14:00, December 20 19:00, December 26 14:00, 2020 January 05 14:00, January 10 19:00, January 19 14:00
Zurich Opera
Paul DanielConductorDec 15 mat, 26 mat, 2020 Jan 05 mat, 10, 19 mat
Michael RichterConductorDec 20, 2020 Jan 19 mat
Robert CarsenDirector
Gideon DaveySet Designer, Costume Designer
Deniz UzunMezzo-sopranoHänselDec 15 mat, 26 mat, 2020 Jan 05 mat, 10, 19 mat
Anna StéphanyMezzo-sopranoHänselDec 20
Olga KulchynskaSopranoGretelDec 15 mat, 20, 26 mat, 2020 Jan 05 mat
Sandra HamaouiSopranoGretel2020 Jan 10, 19 mat
Sarah CastleMezzo-sopranoWitch, Gertrude / Mother
Martin WinklerBaritonePeter / FatherDec 15 mat, 20, 2020 Jan 10, 19 mat
Ruben DroleBaritonePeter / FatherDec 26 mat, 2020 Jan 05 mat
Yulia ZasimovaSopranoDew Fairy
Sinead O'KellySopranoSandman
Peter van PraetLighting Designer
Philippe GiraudeauChoreography
Fabio DietscheDramaturgy
Janko KastelicChoirmaster / chorus director
Kinderchor der Oper Zürich
Zusatzchor der Oper Zürich
Philharmonia Zürich

Hänsel and Gretel is one of the best-known fairy tales from the collection of the Brothers Grimm, and no other fairy tale has been so successfully adapted for the operatic stage. The première of Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera was given shortly before Christmas in 1893, conducted by the young Richard Strauss in Weimar. Inspired by the musical idiom of Richard Wagner, whom he had assisted as a student in Bayreuth, but also by folk and children’s songs, Humperdinck composed a catchy piece that is as popular with adults as it is with children. At Zurich Opera House, director Robert Carsen sets the tale in the Christmas period: it is a bleak time for the impoverished, hungry family of Peter the woodcutter, who has no real home. Hänsel and Gretel are thrown out of the house by their mother, who sends them to find food. However, the two children lose their way and enter into a curious fantasy world. In the dangerously enticing realm of Rosina, the Gingerbread Witch, all Hänsel and Gretel’s wishes appear to come true. But the witch has an appetite for two scrumptious «little joints»…

In this revival production, Hänsel and Gretel will once again be sung by Olga Kulchynska and Deniz Uzun; Sarah Castle and Martin Winkler or Ruben Drole will sing their parents. Paul Daniel will be at the rostrum.

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