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HANSEL & GRETEL

Engelbert Humperdinck
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New Production

Single tickets on sale – Monday, August 26, 2019 
Opera Under 30 tickets on sale – Tuesday, September 3, 2019


A brother and sister enter the woods as darkness closes in. Eyes seem to watch them from the trees. Strange voices whisper in the wind. And a sense of mystery emerges as the children stumble upon a candied gingerbread house that seems just too good to be true.

A holiday tradition since its premiere in 1893, this delightful opera celebrates the cunning and resilience of siblings who outwit a witch to reunite with their parents. Easily one of the most endearing pieces of musical theatre ever composed, it’s perfect family entertainment.

Performances

Thursday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 8 at 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 16 at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m.


Connect with us on social by using #COC1920 | #COCGingerbread | @CanadianOpera


Details

On stage at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto.

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

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

Synopsis

SYNOPSIS IN A MINUTE

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

  • On stage at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto.

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

    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

  • SYNOPSIS IN A MINUTE

    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


2019/2020 season creative: BT/A

HANSEL & GRETEL

Engelbert Humperdinck
To

New Production

Single tickets on sale – Monday, August 26, 2019 
Opera Under 30 tickets on sale – Tuesday, September 3, 2019


A brother and sister enter the woods as darkness closes in. Eyes seem to watch them from the trees. Strange voices whisper in the wind. And a sense of mystery emerges as the children stumble upon a candied gingerbread house that seems just too good to be true.

A holiday tradition since its premiere in 1893, this delightful opera celebrates the cunning and resilience of siblings who outwit a witch to reunite with their parents. Easily one of the most endearing pieces of musical theatre ever composed, it’s perfect family entertainment.

Performances

Thursday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 8 at 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 16 at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m.


Connect with us on social by using #COC1920 | #COCGingerbread | @CanadianOpera

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