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Hansel and Gretel is an opera by nineteenth-century composer Engelbert Humperdinck, who described it as a Märchenoper (fairy-tale opera). The libretto was written by Humperdinck’s sister, Adelheid Wette, based on the Grimm brothers’ fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel”. It is much admired for its folk music-inspired themes, one of the most famous being the “Abendsegen” (“Evening Benediction”) from the second act. The idea for the opera was proposed to Humperdinck by his sister, who approached him about writing music for songs that she had written for her children for Christmas based on “Hansel and Gretel”. After several revisions, the musical sketches and the songs were turned into a full-scale opera.


SOT takes on this beloved children’s tale in their own unique way! Celebrate the holiday season with Shakespeare Opera Theatre’s unique retelling of this classic. Running time approximately two hours and thirty minutes, including one intermission.


Saturday 9 Dec 2023 at 3:00 pm here at St. Thomas in Hudson Hall

Saturday 9 Dec 2023 at 7:00 pm here at St. Thomas in Hudson Hall

Sunday 10 Dec 2023 at 3:00 pm here at St. Thomas in Hudson Hall


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