Vancouver Opera presents a new family-friendly production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s beloved fairytale opera Hansel and Gretel, featuring the enthralling larger-than-life puppet creations and costume design of world-famous Calgary-based Old Trout Puppet Workshop.
Vancouver Opera Presents Hansel & Gretel
The master artisans of Old Trout Puppet workshop have created an enchanting fairy-tale world of visual surprises for ages 6+. Larger-than-life puppets, stunning design and an irresistible new orchestration will make Vancouver Opera’s new production the ideal holiday treat for the whole family.
Long ago, in a fairy-tale house, two children find themselves on a magical adventure. Lost in the woods and pursued by a witch, Hansel and Gretel must use all their wits and trickery to avoid a terrible fate.
Vancouver Opera’s production will include astonishing puppets as well as other playful surprises in this family-friendly holiday treat. Engelbert Humperdinck’s familiar dramatic score, adapted for the intimate Playhouse, will thrill seasoned opera-goers and charm new audiences with familiar tunes that beautifully evoke the forest setting and the opera’s colourful characters and creatures.
Hansel and Gretel will be performed at the Vancouver Playhouse from November 24 to December 11, 2016 with performances at 7:30pm. November 27th and December 11th will have 2:00pm performances, and November 30th and December 7th will have 12:30pm performances. Tickets are available now through the Vancouver Opera box office online or by calling (604) 683-0222.
This production has been abridged from its original length to appeal to young and adult audiences alike. Singers from Vancouver Opera’s prestigious Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program bring fresh energy to this delightful holiday production. The performances will be sung in English, in a new adaptation by stage director Brenna Corner with the lyrics projected above the stage as they are sung.
Russian composer Anatoly Korolyov has been commissioned to create an intriguing and charming new reduced orchestration of Humperdinck’s score, which perfectly suits the intimate Vancouver Playhouse. The sensational 24-year-old Scottish-born conductor Alexander Prior will lead a youthful cast of emerging opera stars, a chorus of fourteen children, and a 14-member ensemble of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra which includes strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, a saxophone and an electric guitar.
I have a pair of tickets to give away to a performance of Hansel and Gretel on Tuesday, November 29th at 7:30pm. Here’s how you can enter to win:
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Update The winner is Carol Chow-Schoen!