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Opera

Hänsel und Gretel

Engelbert Humperdinck

A fairy tale of a brother and sister falling into the hands of a witch in a magical production featuring clowns, acrobats and puppets

The State Opera
For the whole family
Famous draft
Traditional adaptation
Popular title

The National Theatre sells tickets for full capacity of its venues, for all auditorium seats, with the exception of the first row.
According to the government's decision, visitors must meet these conditions.
Tickets can be purchased on the website of the National Theatre and at the box offices of the National Theatre.

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    December 2021

    Friday 10. 12.
    18:00

    Tickets available

    For the whole family
    Famous draft
    Traditional adaptation

    Saturday 18. 12.
    14:00

    Tickets available

    For the whole family
    Famous draft
    Traditional adaptation

    Sunday 19. 12.
    14:00

    Tickets available

    For the whole family
    Famous draft
    Traditional adaptation

    Tuesday 28. 12.
    19:00

    Tickets available

    For the whole family
    Famous draft
    Traditional adaptation
    May 2022

    Sunday 15. 5.
    14:00

    Booking not started yet

    Saturday 28. 5.
    14:00

    Booking not started yet

    June 2022

    Saturday 11. 6.
    17:00

    Booking not started yet

    Basic information

    Venue

    The State Opera

    Approximate running time

    2 hours 15 minutes, 1 intermission

    Language

    In Czech, subtitles in Czech, English

    Premiere

    April 23, 2015

    Matěj Forman’s magnificent adaptation of the feted opera by the German composer Engelbert Humperdinck, based on the Grimm brothers’ popular fairy tale

    Cast

    • 2021-2022

    About

    State Opera Orchestra
    Prague Philharmonic Children's Choir

    Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel is one of the most frequently performed operas in Germany. Inspired by the Grimm brothers’ popular fairy tale, the libretto was written by the composer’s sister Adelheid Wette, who modified the rather macabre story, adding the characters of the Sandman and the Dew Fairy, as well as the instrumental dream pantomime scene in the forest, and concluding it with the resurrection of the witch’s victims and the happy reunion between the children and their parents. With the music written in the grand Wagnerian romantic style, Humperdinck’s opera also contains folk rhythms, songs for children and old melodies. The world premiere, in Weimar on 23 December 1893, was conducted by Richard Strauss, totally enraptured by the piece. Enraptured too was the audience, and Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel has ever since remained extremely popular in Germany, where every December it has been performed at more than 35 opera houses. In 1905, the piece was first shown at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where it has often been staged during Christmas.

    Our current adaptation of Hänsel und Gretel is directed by Matěj Forman, primarily known to Prague audiences as the designer of the magical scenery for the highly acclaimed productions La Belle et la Bête, A Walk Worthwhile and Enchantia, which he has created in recent years for the National Theatre Opera together with his brother Petr. Matěj Forman and his team’s conception of the musical fairy tale was inspired by the world of itinerant theatre.

    Photographer for production: Hana Smejkalová

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    A booklet for the production of Hänsel und Gretel

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    From October 1, 2021, we start selling tickets for the performances until the end of March 2022. Advance sale of tickets for all performances (Ballet, Drama, Laterna magika and Opera) is on sale for 6 months in advance.

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