a delicious family treat
If you go down to the woods today, you're in for a big surprise in the form of this Michigan Opera Theatre premiere of Englebert Humperdinck's delicious opera - reimagined by Basil Twist. Telling the story of two children who're lured deep into the forest by a nefarious witch, Twist imbues the story with breathtaking puppetry, choreography, and staging - ready to enchant a whole new generation. A family classic, don't miss this opportunity to introduce your little ones to the magic of the opera!
What is the story?
Based on the cautionary fable from The Brother's Grimm, Hansel and Gretel was a collaboration between Humperdinck and his sister Adelheid, expanding on a series of songs that Adelheid had written for her children for Christmas. First premiering in 1893 with Richard Strauss as the conductor, it has become a classic confection for all ages to enjoy.
After being sent into the haunted forest by their mother to pick strawberries, the young Hansel and Gretel fall prey to its biggest terror. Captivated by a strange house made of candy and gingerbread the hungry children soon start nibbling, only to realize that this is the house of the wicked Witch, who loves to cook children and eat them. Will they outsmart her and escape the woods? Find out in this folk-inspired sugary hit!