Hansel and Gretel

Engelbert Humperdinck

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.

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

Sung in German with English translations projected above the stage.

  • Synopsis

    The two children find themselves in front of a house made of cakes, pastries and gingerbread. They begin to nibble on the sugary treats. The Witch sneaks up behind them and throws a rope around Hänsel’s neck. She offers her friendship, but both children are suspicious. The Witch casts a spell to immobilize them and puts Hänsel in a cage, while Gretel watches helplessly.

  • Cast and Creative Team

    Read more about the performers on the stage and people behind the scenes.

  • Dale Johnson's Show Preview

    This new production of 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…

  • Behind the Curtain

    Get the inside scoop! Behind the Curtain explores the music, history, and production of Hansel and Gretel. Led by Minnesota Opera’s Head of Music Rob Ainsley, this event features talks and performances by artists and members of the opera’s creative team.

  • Watch Hansel and Gretel

    Head of Music, Rob Ainsley, has this to say about the Met’s production of Hansel and Gretel, which you can watch below:

    This is a clip from the first production of the opera I worked on, which centers around the theme of hunger. The fabulous pantomime is a magnificent banquet the two children dream of enjoying, complete with fish-headed Maître-D’s!

  • Listen to Hansel and Gretel

    Listen to Hansel and Gretel via Spotify:


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