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HANSEL & GRETEL

Engelbert Humperdinck
To

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Performance is approximately two hours and 15 minutes, including one intermission.

#COCGingerbread

What makes Hansel & Gretel so special?

This Hansel & Gretel is a modern fairytale: Canadian director Joel Ivany — founder of acclaimed indie opera company Against the Grain Theatre — puts a new spin on Humperdinck’s winter favourite with innovative digital storytelling and video projections that usher this classic straight into present-day Toronto.

Hansel & Gretel’s music combines nursery rhymes with rustic folk tunes, making it an accessible first opera for children and adults alike. Yet it’s also layered with orchestral complexity inspired by Richard Wagner, the German composer who revolutionized opera in the 19th century. 

Youth Pricing Available
Share your love of opera with 50% off* tickets for young patrons (aged 15 or under).



Best Availability
February 11
February 19

Good Availability
February 15


Credits

Sung in German with English SURTITLESTM




CAST AND CREATIVE TEAMS

Conductor Johannes Debus
Director Joel Ivany
Set & Projection Designer S. Katy Tucker
Costume Designer Ming Wong
Lighting Designer JAX Messenger
Price Family Chorus Master Sandra Horst
Dramaturg Katherine Syer


Hansel Emily Fons
Gretel Simone Osborne
Peter Russell Braun
Gertrude Krisztina Szabó
The Witch Michael Colvin
Sandman/Dew Fairy Anna-Sophie Neher

New COC co-production with the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

With the COC Orchestra & Canadian Children's Opera Company

The Story

THE STORY

As punishment for abandoning their daily chores, siblings Hansel and Gretel are sent into the woods to pick strawberries. The children get lost and fall asleep. Upon waking, they discover a house made of sweets, belonging to an evil witch. The Witch captures the children, preparing to bake them into gingerbread. Outsmarting the witch, Hansel and Gretel push her into the oven, freeing the souls of the gingerbread children, and reuniting with their parents.

SYNOPSIS

ACT I

Alone at home with his sister, Hansel complains he is hungry. Gretel shows him some milk that a neighbour has given them for the family’s supper, and the children dance. They are interrupted by the return of their mother, who wants to know why they have got so little work done. When she accidentally spills the milk, she angrily chases the children out into the woods to pick strawberries. The father, a broom-maker, returns home drunk. He brings out the food he has bought, to the mother’s delight, then asks where the children have gone. The mother replies that she sent them into the woods. Alarmed, he tells her about the Witch who lives there and that the children are in danger. The parents rush off to look for them.

ACT II

In the woods, Hansel picks strawberries. The children hear a cuckoo singing. Imitating the bird’s call, they eat the strawberries, and soon there are none left. In the silence of the wood, Hansel admits to Gretel that he has lost the way. The children grow frightened when suddenly the Sandman appears to bring them sleep, sprinkling sand over their eyes. Hansel and Gretel say their evening prayers. In a dream, they see 14 angels.

ACT III

The Dew Fairy comes to wake the children. Gretel rouses Hansel, and they notice the gingerbread house. The Witch appears and decides to fatten Hansel up. She puts a spell on him so he can’t run away, but Gretel has overheard the Witch’s words and sets Hansel free. When the Witch asks her to look into the oven to make sure it’s hot, Gretel pretends she doesn’t know how to: the Witch must show her. When the Witch peers into the oven, the children shove her inside and shut the door. The oven explodes. The enchanted gingerbread children come back to life. Hansel and Gretel’s mother and father, still looking for their children, arrive, and all express gratitude for their happy ending.

Listen



Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel. Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Gretel), Elisabeth Grümmer (Hansel). Herbert von Karajan, conductor, with the Philharmonia Orchestra, 1953. EMI

WATCH

Hansel & Gretel: "Abendsegen" | Anna-Sophie Neher & Simone McIntosh, August 2019

This performance from our 2019/2020 Season Reveal, features soprano Anna-Sophie Neher (Gretel) and mezzo-soprano Simone McIntosh (Hansel)The COC Orchestra is conducted by Johannes Debus.


  • Sung in German with English SURTITLESTM



    CAST AND CREATIVE TEAMS

    Conductor Johannes Debus
    Director Joel Ivany
    Set & Projection Designer S. Katy Tucker
    Costume Designer Ming Wong
    Lighting Designer JAX Messenger
    Price Family Chorus Master Sandra Horst
    Dramaturg Katherine Syer


    Hansel Emily Fons
    Gretel Simone Osborne
    Peter Russell Braun
    Gertrude Krisztina Szabó
    The Witch Michael Colvin
    Sandman/Dew Fairy Anna-Sophie Neher

    New COC co-production with the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

    With the COC Orchestra & Canadian Children's Opera Company

  • THE STORY

    As punishment for abandoning their daily chores, siblings Hansel and Gretel are sent into the woods to pick strawberries. The children get lost and fall asleep. Upon waking, they discover a house made of sweets, belonging to an evil witch. The Witch captures the children, preparing to bake them into gingerbread. Outsmarting the witch, Hansel and Gretel push her into the oven, freeing the souls of the gingerbread children, and reuniting with their parents.

    SYNOPSIS

    ACT I

    Alone at home with his sister, Hansel complains he is hungry. Gretel shows him some milk that a neighbour has given them for the family’s supper, and the children dance. They are interrupted by the return of their mother, who wants to know why they have got so little work done. When she accidentally spills the milk, she angrily chases the children out into the woods to pick strawberries. The father, a broom-maker, returns home drunk. He brings out the food he has bought, to the mother’s delight, then asks where the children have gone. The mother replies that she sent them into the woods. Alarmed, he tells her about the Witch who lives there and that the children are in danger. The parents rush off to look for them.

    ACT II

    In the woods, Hansel picks strawberries. The children hear a cuckoo singing. Imitating the bird’s call, they eat the strawberries, and soon there are none left. In the silence of the wood, Hansel admits to Gretel that he has lost the way. The children grow frightened when suddenly the Sandman appears to bring them sleep, sprinkling sand over their eyes. Hansel and Gretel say their evening prayers. In a dream, they see 14 angels.

    ACT III

    The Dew Fairy comes to wake the children. Gretel rouses Hansel, and they notice the gingerbread house. The Witch appears and decides to fatten Hansel up. She puts a spell on him so he can’t run away, but Gretel has overheard the Witch’s words and sets Hansel free. When the Witch asks her to look into the oven to make sure it’s hot, Gretel pretends she doesn’t know how to: the Witch must show her. When the Witch peers into the oven, the children shove her inside and shut the door. The oven explodes. The enchanted gingerbread children come back to life. Hansel and Gretel’s mother and father, still looking for their children, arrive, and all express gratitude for their happy ending.




  • Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel. Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Gretel), Elisabeth Grümmer (Hansel). Herbert von Karajan, conductor, with the Philharmonia Orchestra, 1953. EMI

  • Hansel & Gretel: "Abendsegen" | Anna-Sophie Neher & Simone McIntosh, August 2019

    This performance from our 2019/2020 Season Reveal, features soprano Anna-Sophie Neher (Gretel) and mezzo-soprano Simone McIntosh (Hansel)The COC Orchestra is conducted by Johannes Debus.



Hansel & Gretel design concept illustration by S. Katy Tucker.

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts capacity: 2,070
Ticket prices do not include service fees, $9 CAD.
*Promo not valid for Grand Ring.

HANSEL & GRETEL

Engelbert Humperdinck
To

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Performance is approximately two hours and 15 minutes, including one intermission.

#COCGingerbread

What makes Hansel & Gretel so special?

This Hansel & Gretel is a modern fairytale: Canadian director Joel Ivany — founder of acclaimed indie opera company Against the Grain Theatre — puts a new spin on Humperdinck’s winter favourite with innovative digital storytelling and video projections that usher this classic straight into present-day Toronto.

Hansel & Gretel’s music combines nursery rhymes with rustic folk tunes, making it an accessible first opera for children and adults alike. Yet it’s also layered with orchestral complexity inspired by Richard Wagner, the German composer who revolutionized opera in the 19th century. 

Youth Pricing Available
Share your love of opera with 50% off* tickets for young patrons (aged 15 or under).



Best Availability
February 11
February 19

Good Availability
February 15

Phone: 416-363-8231

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