Seattle Opera has a new production for the fall season: Engelbert Humperdinck fairy tale opera Hansel & Gretel. Starting this Saturday, October 15 through Sunday, October 30, opera fans can take a mythical, musical walk through the woods at McCaw Hall. From Seattle Opera:
Not seen at Seattle Opera for 23 years, Humperdinck’s impressive adaptation of the iconic Grimm story has been an international favorite since its premiere. With refreshing humor and Wagnerian orchestration, this atmospheric fable explores universal themes of poverty, peril, and bravery, culminating in happiness for all – save for one very bad witch! Laurent Pelly‘s “astonishing” (WhatsOnStage) production celebrates the richness of imagination and offers entertaining commentary on the pitfalls of consumerism in the modern world. Provocative, dreamy, and melodious, it’s unlike any fairytale you’ve ever seen.”
Many opera companies tend to present Hansel & Gretel at Christmas time. Seattle Opera’s decision to run it in autumn near Halloween seems ideal for our region. Told in three acts, Hansel & Gretel runs approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes with 1 intermission. The libretto by Adelheid Wette is in German, presented with English supertitles. Visit Seattle Opera for complete show times and ticket information.
Seattle Opera Presents Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel
When: October 15-30
Where: McCaw Hall at Seattle Center (321 Mercer St)
Tickets are $25-$292