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Vancouver Opera Presents Hansel and Gretel: Win Tickets

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 — 2:30pm PDT
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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.

Hansel and Gretel, Taylor Pardell
Pascale Spinney. Photo by Emily Cooper.

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.

Win Tickets

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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RT to enter to win tickets to Hansel and Gretel at @VancouverOpera from @Miss604

Follow Vancouver Opera on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more information. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Monday, November 14, 2016. Tickets are non-refundable; cannot be exchanged for another performance.

Update The winner is Carol Chow-Schoen!

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  1. Tara says:

    Love to see this!

  2. tracy says:

    Would love to go!

  3. Sara says:

    Would love to see this! 🙂

  4. Judith Arcand says:

    Looks fantastic! Would be great to attend. TY!

  5. Anh says:

    Me! Pick me! ?

  6. Amanda says:

    Looks like a fantastic performance! It would be a great date night! I would love to take my husband!

  7. Angela says:

    This would be great!!

  8. Paul says:

    Would enjoy this!

  9. Aarone says:

    Awesome looks good

  10. Marisa. P says:

    I did the things! @rachetgrrl on Twitter

  11. Stephanie says:

    This would be a great way to kick off the Christmas season.

  12. Michelle says:

    Never been to an opera before–would love to see one!

  13. Jenny says:

    I would love to go!! 🙂

  14. Ariel C says:

    yes please

  15. Kelly says:

    Would love to go! Pick me!???

  16. Jenny says:

    One of my favourite childhood stories

  17. Mike Gismondi says:

    I’d like to see this!

  18. Krista says:

    What a great opportunity to hear young opera talent!

  19. Sarah says:

    Looks Fantastic!

  20. Jessica says:

    Would love to see this!

  21. Janice says:

    would be awesome to take my kids! have never been to the opera before

  22. Angela says:

    I’d love to take my daughter

  23. Bree says:

    We would love to go!

  24. Shirley says:

    Sound likes a fun event to go to for Christmas season.

  25. Sherry Fraser says:

    This production sounds amazing.

  26. Kim says:

    Love the opera

  27. Teresa K says:

    I’d love to win.

  28. tania says:

    This would be great!!

  29. rino says:

    I’d like to see this!

  30. Darren R. says:

    Sure to be a great night out during the Festive Season!

  31. Saveena says:

    I would love to check out a live show

  32. Tammy H says:

    Great show to see!

  33. Hadley says:

    I would love to take my moms.

  34. Danita says:

    This would be lovely to go to since the state of the world is so dismal.

  35. Aman says:

    I’ve never been to a opera show and I recently got interested in going to one so I would love to go

  36. MK says:

    How wonderful! I love Vancouver Opera and would love to win!

  37. Janice Doyle says:

    Love to win these for my favourite grandniece and nephew!

  38. Octavian (gr. 9) says:

    I would be so grateful for the opportunity, thrilled to go and see it with my bestfriend.

  39. ES says:

    Old Trout Puppet Workshop is fantastic!

  40. Wendy Henschell says:

    One of my favourite childhood stories

  41. Gary says:

    Would love to check this out, even better if I can do so for free!

  42. Andrea A says:

    This production will be absolutely stunning. Would love to see it and get inspired!

  43. Helga Belluz says:

    Will come and see this very interesting version!

  44. luc says:

    Great performance to attend!

  45. Ariel says:

    I really wanna go!

  46. Sandra says:

    Would love to see this show!

  47. Renfrew says:

    My daughter would love to see this.

  48. Lorena says:

    This would be a most enchanting Opera and great way to kick off the start of the season

  49. Christine says:

    I haven’t gone to an opera in years…looks fun!

  50. Kim Rees says:

    Would love to make this a mother daughter moment?

  51. Gina Johnstone says:

    Would love to see this show! <3

  52. sonja townson says:

    Would love to bring my grandson.

  53. Angela says:

    This would be wonderful!

  54. Dilara says:

    Sounds like fun!

  55. Lea says:

    Sounds great!

  56. Olivia says:

    I would love to attend this!

  57. Bernadette Estrada says:

    an awesome tale for the season…would love to see this!

  58. Mag says:

    Thanks for the contest.

  59. Jason B says:

    That Hansel he is so hot right now…

  60. Samantha Tsang says:

    <3 would love to see this

  61. Susan says:

    We’ve never seen an opera before! Cool prize!

  62. Miriam Edwards says:

    I love the opera, this one would be a great experience!

  63. Tom Chan says:

    It’ll be a great performance

  64. Melissa says:

    This would be great!

  65. Stacy says:

    This sounds amazing!

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