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“Hansel and Gretel” by Engelbert Humperdinck: A Musical Fairy Tale

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What comes to mind when you think of the classic fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel”? Perhaps it’s the image of a gingerbread house or the memory of the siblings lost in the forest. Engelbert Humperdinck’s operatic adaptation of this beloved story brings it to life in a whole new way. Let’s delve into the world of “Hansel and Gretel” and discover the magic behind this enchanting musical.

Introducing the Characters

In this special event, Judith Chaine will be interviewing the director of Angers-Nantes Opera, Jean-Paul Davois, as well as the conductor Thomas Rösner and the stage director Emmanuelle Bastet. During the intermission, we’ll hear from the talented singers Marie Lenormand as Hansel and Norma Nahoun as Gretel, followed by Vincent Le Texier as Pierre and Eva Vögel as Gertrude. And, let’s not forget about the captivating performances of Jeannette Fischer as the Witch Grignote and Dima Biwab as the Pink Fairy and the Sandman.

The Story Unfolds

In this adaptation, Hansel and Gretel find themselves in a dreary and impoverished world. However, their bond as siblings and the innocence of their laughter and games provide a glimmer of hope. Their empty bellies give rise to whimsical visions of sugar and chocolate, where they brave their authoritarian mother and childish fears to discover the wonders within the clutches of the Witch Grignote. It truly is a fairy tale come to life.

Musical Brilliance

Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera draws its delicate tenderness not only from the Grimm brothers’ dark adaptation of the popular fairy tale but also from the heartfelt libretto written by Adelheid Wette, the affectionate sister of the composer. Humperdinck, deeply influenced by his revered friend Richard Wagner, infused his music with his own imaginative touch, creating a tapestry of melodies, laughter, rounds, and dances for Hansel and Gretel to joyfully frolic upon.

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Captivating Performances

With Emmanuelle Bastet’s direction, Barbara de Limburg’s set design, and François Thouret’s lighting, the stage comes to life, transporting the audience into the enchanting world of “Hansel and Gretel.” The performances of Vincent Le Texier as Pierre, Eva Vogel as Gertrude, Marie Lenormand as Hansel, and Norma Nahoun as Gretel are sure to captivate and inspire. Accompanied by the Maîtrise de la Perverie, conducted by Gilles Gérard, the Chœur d’Angers Nantes Opéra, led by Xavier Ribes, and the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, conducted by Thomas Rösner, this production promises an unforgettable experience.

Join the Magic of “Hansel and Gretel”

Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of “Hansel and Gretel” and experience the power of music and storytelling. To learn more about this magical production and other exciting events, visit Ratingperson and discover a world of unforgettable entertainment. Don’t miss your chance to be transported to a world of wonder and fantasy!


  • Avant-scène opéra n° 104: ‘Hänsel et Gretel’ – Engelbert Humperdinck
  • “Contes de Grimm” (Collection Folio classique (n° 840), Gallimard)
  • “Contes pour les enfants et la maison, collectés par les frères Grimm.” Translation and commentary by Natacha Rimasson-Fertin, Collection Merveilleux n°40 (2 volumes), éditions José Corti, 2009

Join us for a captivating journey into the magical world of “Hansel and Gretel.” Don’t miss this extraordinary musical experience that will leave you spellbound and inspired.

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