Jeníček a Mařenka

Hänsel und Gretel

Engelbert Humperdinck

Musical fairy tale was inspired by the world of itinerant theatre

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    May 2021

    Sunday 23. 5.

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    Basic information


    The State Opera

    Approximate running time

    2 hours 15 minutes, 1 intermission


    In Czech, Czech, English subtitles


    April 23, 2015

    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.



    The State Opera Orchestra
    The Kühn Children’s Choir

    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. The score was explored by the conductor and music director of the State Opera, Martin Leginus.

    Practical information

    Where to buy tickets

    When purchasing online, we will send you an E-ticket by e-mail. You can pick up printed tickets in person at any of our box offices.

    What to wear?

    By their appearance, attire and behaviour, the audience is obliged to adhere to the accustomed practice expected from them when attending a theatre performance.

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    Poster Hänsel und Gretel

    A poster for the production of Hänsel und Gretel

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