Hansel and Gretel

Engelbert Humperdinck

Marvelously satisfying

Pioneer Press

The singing is first rate

Star Tribune

Based on the Brothers Grimm classic, this beloved fairy tale whips together frothy folk tunes with sumptuous orchestration into a deceptively sweet, deliciously dark confection that has delighted families for generations. Minnesota Opera’s new production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s enduring masterpiece is appropriate for grown ups and children who aren’t afraid of the dark.

Instead of the traditional gingerbread house, stage director and choreographer Doug Varone sets the production in an impoverished urban area in the early 20th century. The children are irresistibly drawn to a beautiful and strange carnival world where the performers from Zenon Dance Company create a circus-like atmosphere. Tony Award nominee David Zinn creates intriguing set and costume designs.

Preliminary run time of 2 hours and 10 minutes, with one intermission.

Sung in German with English translations projected above the stage.

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  • Synopsis

    In their run-down tenement, Hansel and Gretel endure their daily chores. Both are starving, and Gretel chides Hansel for his complaining. Putting their work aside, they begin to dance, but their mother, Gertrude, enters and scolds them for their dalliance. A jug of milk is broken, and she is infuriated with her naughty children, sending them out of the house in search of food.

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    Artistic Director Dale Johnson gives us a preview of this new production. Hansel and Gretel pairs the irresistibly beautiful and strange carnival world with the real world of poverty and danger. You’ll enjoy this delicious new production of Hansel and Gretel for adults and children who aren’t afraid of the dark…

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