July 18th 7:30 PM
July 19th 2:00 PM
Hansel and Gretel
Families are invited to experience the magical world of opera in this children’s version of the Grimm brother’s classic fairytale, a beloved work in the operatic repertory. Performed by singers from the MSMF Opera Institute, enjoy the familiar musical retelling of mischievous young siblings, an enchanted forest, a witch with a house of candy, and the delightful characters who help Hansel and Gretel on their journey home.
What started as a chamber opera with a children’s libretto and an encouraged idea by the composer’s sister became an instant success, tutored by Wagner and championed by Strauss. Combining popular folk-tunes from Humperdinck’s childhood with an endearing and lush score, MSMF Opera Institute singers take us on a musical journey through a fanciful world in the harrowing fable of Hansel and Gretel.
Sung in English, this production has been carefully crafted with children and young audiences in mind.
David Carl Toulson