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Hansel & Gretel
vs. the Witch

Adaptation of Hänsel und Gretel (Humperdinck, Wette)

This new adaptation of Humperdinck’s classic opera turns the famous story of the witch and those crafty kids on its head. Narrated by Hansel—all grown up—he explains what actually went on in that fantastical gingerbread house. This fun, fast-paced show is sure to delight audiences of all ages, while using familiar characters to shed light on relevant themes. Did Hansel and Gretel learn to find their own way out of the woods? Did they grow from their experience? Did the Witch become a force for good instead of evil? You will have to wait and see…

Approx. 35 min

Cast List

Older Hansel/Father— Baritone

Young Hansel— Mezzo

Young Gretel— Soprano

Tom Thumb/Witch— Tenor

Past Productions

Toledo Opera (2019, 2020)

Opera Columbus (2020)

Portland Opera (2020-21)*

Chautauqua Opera (2024)

*COVID Cancellation


Perusal Scripts

Selections from libretto below. Contact Opera Classroom for perusal piano/vocal score.

Prologue/Scene 1 Excerpt

Meet Older Hansel as he tells the story of his fairytale childhood, and sets the stage for their famous confrontation with the Witch.

Scene 2 Excerpt

Hansel and Gretel run away from home, thinking they have a plan to find their way back. They are in for a big surprise.

Scene 3 Excerpt

Hansel and Gretel are in the Witch's house and under the power of her magic spells when the story takes an unfamiliar turn.

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