Monica Rittershaus/OnP

Dates / Prix

Palais Garnier - First performance on 20 November 2014 - 7:30PM

Ticket rates : 10€, 25€, 45€, 70€, 120€, 190€, 210€
28 Nov 10€, 25€, 49€, 77€, 132€, 209€, 231€
1 Dec 10€, 25€, 40€, 63€, 108€, 171€, 189€

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Hänsel et Gretel
HUMPERDINCK
Presentation
HÄNSEL UND GRETEL
Fairy tale opera in three scenes (1893)
MUSIC BY ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK (1854-1921)
Libretto by ADELHEID WETTE after the Grimm brothers' fairy tale
Performed in german

In 1881, the twenty-seven-year-old Engelbert Humperdinck became Richard Wagner’s assistant in Bayreuth. Wagner had two more years to live. These two years of intense artistic collaboration on Parsifal indelibly marked the young composer’s life and style. In 1883, the Master died, leaving his disciple “incomplete”. He became a wanderer, travelling throughout Europe, eventually becoming a renowned teacher. Ten years later, in Weimar, Humperdinck completed his masterpiece, Hänsel und Gretel. His sister wrote the libretto, inspired by the Grimm brothers’ fairy tale.
The opera premiered at Christmas under the enthusiastic baton of Richard Strauss. Humperdinck had retained a Wagnerian taste for continuous melody and leitmotiv. However, his fairy-tale opera (Märchenoper) also drew on children’s songs and the sort of popular melodies whose origins tend to become lost in the mists of time.
The result is music that astounds, as deep as the lakes of Germanic legends but at the same time strangely familiar. It conjures up memories of our forgotten childhood as though once, long ago, we ourselves were that very brother and sister lost in the forest, trapped in the grasp of the witch with her gingerbread house.

Yves Abel Conductor
Mariame Clément Stage director
Julia Hansen Sets and costumes
Philippe Berthomé Lighting
Mathieu Guilhaumon Choreography
ArtisteNoteRôle
Jochen Schmeckenbecher
Peter
Irmgard Vilsmaier
Gertrud
Andrea Hill
Hänsel
Bernarda Bobro
Gretel
Doris Lamprecht
Die Knusperhexe
Elodie Hache
Sandmännchen
Olga Seliverstova
Taumännchen
Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Maîtrise des Hauts-de-Seine⁄ Paris Opera children's Chorus

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