Opera The State Opera

Hänsel und Gretel

Engelbert Humperdinck, stage director Matěj Forman

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Musical preparation: Martin Leginus
Conductor: Martin Leginus, Richard Hein
Stage director: Matěj Forman
Sets: Matěj Forman, Andrea Sodomková
Costumes: Andrea Sodomková
Choreography: Veronika Švábová
Chorus master: Jiří Chvála
Dramaturgy: Beno Blachut

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, conducted by Richard Strauss, it was an immediate success, with its popularity growing rapidly, and soon became a hit beyond Germany. In 1905 the piece was staged at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The National Theatre production of Hänsel und Gretel will be 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. The score will be explored and conducted by Martin Leginus, music director of the State Opera, making his debut in his Prague engagement.