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Hänsel und Gretel

Karlín Musical Theatre (Hudební divadlo Karlín), Křižíkova 10, Praha 8 - Karlín, 186 00

  • opera
  • with children


  • Tue 9. 4. 2019 17.00
  • Tue 30. 4. 2019 17.00
  • Mon 6. 5. 2019 17.00
  • Mon 20. 5. 2019 11.00
  • Mon 10. 6. 2019 11.00
  • Wed 26. 6. 2019 11.00

The opera, inspired by the Grimm brothers’ popular fairy tale, is the work of the German composer Engelbert Humperdinck and his sister Adelheid Wette, who wrote the libretto.

Premiered in Weimar on 23 December 1893, with Richard Strauss conducting, it was an immediate success, with its popularity growing rapidly, and it soon became a sensation beyond Germany. In 1905, the piece was staged at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The National Theatre production of Hänsel und Gretel, performed in Czech under the title Jeníček a Mařenka, is directed by Matěj Forman, primarily known to Prague audiences as the designer of magical sets for the highly acclaimed productions he has created in recent years for the National Theatre Opera together with his brother Petr. Matěj and his team’s conception of the musical fairy tale was inspired by the world of itinerant theatre.

Sung in Czech. Czech and English surtitles.

State opera.

author: Engelbert Humperdinck

libretto adaptation: Matěj Forman, Andrea Sodomková, Radek Malý
transversification: Radek Malý
musical preparation: Martin Leginus
conductor: Richard Hein/Jiří Štrunc
stage director: Matěj Forman
sets: Matěj Forman, Andrea Sodomková
costumes: Andrea Sodomková
choreography: Veronika Švábová
dramaturgy: Beno Blachut

cast: Jiří Hájek/Svatopluk Sem, Veronika Hajnová/Jana Sýkorová, Jana Horáková Levicová/Michaela Zajmi, Jana Sibera/Yukiko Kinjo ...

duration of performance: 2 h 15 min (1 intermission)

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