Hänsel und Gretel

by Engelbert Humperdinck
Opera in three acts
Libretto by Adelheid Wette based on the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm

in German with English and German surtitles
"Ranisch's pictures have heart, brain, wit, imagination, they offer children a lot of colorful fun and adults some food for thought," reported the Stuttgarter Nachrichten after the premiere of Axel Ranisch's new production last season. Just in time for the Christmas season, the most famous fairy tale opera of all is now back on the Stuttgart opera stage. But what happens when the fairytale forest burns down? And food becomes scarce? The Witch promises to solve the supply problem for everyone right away. Hänsel and Gretel find out how the sweet stuff she distributes is made: from highly dubious ingredients. In the end, they defeat the witch, and for the whole family (despite all the gloom) there is a glimmer of hope. What it is? Find out - preferably together with children!
Location
Opernhaus
World premiere
1893 in Weimar

Premiere
February 6, 2022

Recommended age
from grade 5
There will be an introduction 45 minutes before the performance at foyer I. floor.
Dec 2022
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schlossgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Sun
11
14:00 – 16:15
Opernhaus
First performance this season, For families
8 / 17 / 26 / 40 / 53 / 66 / 82 / 99 / - € / Kinder: 10 €
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schlossgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Sun
11
19:00 – 21:15
Opernhaus
For families
8 / 18,50 / 29 / 43 / 58 / 72 / 90 / 108 / 126 € / Kinder: 10 €
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schlossgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Sat
17
18:00 – 20:15
Opernhaus
For families
8 / 18,50 / 29 / 43 / 58 / 72 / 90 / 108 / 126 € / Kinder: 10 €
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schlossgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Tue
20
19:00 – 21:15
Opernhaus
For families
8 / 18,50 / 29 / 43 / 58 / 72 / 90 / 108 / 126 € / Kinder: 10 €
Jan 2023
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schlossgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Wed
4
19:00 – 21:15
Opernhaus
For families
8 / 18,50 / 29 / 43 / 58 / 72 / 90 / 108 / 126 € / Kinder: 10 €
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schlossgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Sun
8
14:00 – 16:15
Opernhaus
For families
8 / 18,50 / 29 / 43 / 58 / 72 / 90 / 108 / 126 € / Kinder: 10 €
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schlossgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Sun
8
19:00 – 21:15
Opernhaus
For families
8 / 20,50 / 33 / 49 / 66 / 82 / 99 / 119 / 139 € / Kinder: 10 €
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schlossgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Sat
14
19:00 – 21:15
Opernhaus
For families
8 / 18,50 / 29 / 43 / 58 / 72 / 90 / 108 / 126 € / Kinder: 10 €
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schlossgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Thu
19
19:00 – 21:15
Opernhaus
For families
8 / 17 / 26 / 40 / 53 / 66 / 82 / 99 / 115 € / Kinder: 10 €
Cast
Musical Direction Cornelius Meister
Direction Axel Ranisch
Stage Design Saskia Wunsch
Costume Design Alfred Mayerhofer
Choreography Janine Grellscheid
Video Philipp Contag-Lada
Light Design Reinhard Traub
Children's Chorus Bernhard Moncado
Dramaturgy Franz-Erdmann Meyer-Herder
Gretel Josefin Feiler
Hänsel Ida Ränzlöv
Witch Natalie Karl
Father Christian Miedl
Mother Catriona Smith
Sandman Shannon Keegan
Dewman Laia Vallés
Kinderchor der Oper Stuttgart, Staatsorchester Stuttgart
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schlossgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Sun
22
14:00 – 16:15
Opernhaus
For families
8 / 17 / 26 / 40 / 53 / 66 / 82 / 99 / 115 € / Kinder: 10 €
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schlossgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Sun
22
19:00 – 21:15
Opernhaus
For families
8 / 18,50 / 29 / 43 / 58 / 72 / 90 / 108 / 126 € / Kinder: 10 €
More about the production
Even in fairy tales, the world sometimes looks as if it is about to go to pots: In the house of Besenbinder, where the siblings Hansel and Gretel grow up, there is rarely more to bite into than dry bread. And even outside, edible food can only be found fairly deep in the dark forest, because the immediate domestic environment yields nothing. But what to do with such a broken world? In director Axel Ranisch’s production, the wicked witch solves the problem of supply as a Charity Queen distributing delicious and colourful sweets. The catch, however: Hansel and Gretel discover in this "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory gone wrong" fantasy that the sweet stuff is really made from rather unusual ingredients. When the wicked witch herself finally ends up in the oven, no more children disappear – but the problem of food shortage still remains. But it would not be the world of a fairy tale if at the end hope were not to be found somewhere. Though Engelbert Humperdinck and his sister Adelheid Wette originally planned to create only a small Christmas play, the opera ended up as one of the most popular and large-scale family plays in the history of music theatre. Axel Ranisch, who landed a real hit with audiences in Stuttgart in 2018 with his Love of three oranges, takes Humperdinck's fairy tale opera with a great deal of narrative relish mixed with crude humour. They also incidentally raise the question of what other transformations the world will still have to go through before we realize how the good life could look like.