Vancouver Opera Presents Hansel and Gretel: Win Tickets

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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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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. TaraTuesday, November 8th, 2016 — 3:23pm PST

    Love to see this!

  2. tracyTuesday, November 8th, 2016 — 3:40pm PST

    Would love to go!

  3. SaraTuesday, November 8th, 2016 — 3:42pm PST

    Would love to see this! 🙂

  4. Judith ArcandTuesday, November 8th, 2016 — 4:00pm PST

    Looks fantastic! Would be great to attend. TY!

  5. AnhTuesday, November 8th, 2016 — 4:51pm PST

    Me! Pick me! ?

  6. AmandaTuesday, November 8th, 2016 — 7:21pm PST

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

  7. AngelaTuesday, November 8th, 2016 — 8:20pm PST

    This would be great!!

  8. PaulTuesday, November 8th, 2016 — 11:16pm PST

    Would enjoy this!

  9. AaroneWednesday, November 9th, 2016 — 3:08am PST

    Awesome looks good

  10. Marisa. PWednesday, November 9th, 2016 — 6:08am PST

    I did the things! @rachetgrrl on Twitter

  11. StephanieWednesday, November 9th, 2016 — 8:00am PST

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

  12. MichelleWednesday, November 9th, 2016 — 10:07am PST

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

  13. JennyWednesday, November 9th, 2016 — 10:08am PST

    I would love to go!! 🙂

  14. Ariel CWednesday, November 9th, 2016 — 10:36am PST

    yes please

  15. AdamWednesday, November 9th, 2016 — 10:37am PST

    pick me

  16. DeeWednesday, November 9th, 2016 — 10:55am PST


  17. KellyWednesday, November 9th, 2016 — 11:10am PST

    Would love to go! Pick me!???

  18. JennyWednesday, November 9th, 2016 — 11:48am PST

    One of my favourite childhood stories

  19. Mike GismondiWednesday, November 9th, 2016 — 12:26pm PST

    I’d like to see this!

  20. KristaWednesday, November 9th, 2016 — 12:30pm PST

    What a great opportunity to hear young opera talent!

  21. SarahWednesday, November 9th, 2016 — 6:22pm PST

    Looks Fantastic!

  22. JessicaWednesday, November 9th, 2016 — 6:48pm PST

    Would love to see this!

  23. JaniceWednesday, November 9th, 2016 — 10:00pm PST

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

  24. AngelaWednesday, November 9th, 2016 — 11:04pm PST

    I’d love to take my daughter

  25. BreeWednesday, November 9th, 2016 — 11:52pm PST

    We would love to go!

  26. ShirleyThursday, November 10th, 2016 — 11:06am PST

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

  27. Sherry FraserThursday, November 10th, 2016 — 2:06pm PST

    This production sounds amazing.

  28. KimFriday, November 11th, 2016 — 1:36pm PST

    Love the opera

  29. Teresa KFriday, November 11th, 2016 — 1:43pm PST

    I’d love to win.

  30. taniaFriday, November 11th, 2016 — 1:52pm PST

    This would be great!!

  31. rinoFriday, November 11th, 2016 — 1:52pm PST

    I’d like to see this!

  32. Darren R.Friday, November 11th, 2016 — 2:33pm PST

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

  33. SaveenaFriday, November 11th, 2016 — 3:57pm PST

    I would love to check out a live show

  34. Tammy HFriday, November 11th, 2016 — 7:00pm PST

    Great show to see!

  35. HadleySaturday, November 12th, 2016 — 5:03am PST

    I would love to take my moms.

  36. DanitaSaturday, November 12th, 2016 — 9:14am PST

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

  37. AmanSaturday, November 12th, 2016 — 9:19am PST

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

  38. MKSaturday, November 12th, 2016 — 9:55am PST

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

  39. Janice DoyleSaturday, November 12th, 2016 — 11:04am PST

    Love to win these for my favourite grandniece and nephew!

  40. Octavian (gr. 9)Saturday, November 12th, 2016 — 11:10am PST

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

  41. ESSaturday, November 12th, 2016 — 12:00pm PST

    Old Trout Puppet Workshop is fantastic!

  42. Wendy HenschellSaturday, November 12th, 2016 — 2:27pm PST

    One of my favourite childhood stories

  43. GarySaturday, November 12th, 2016 — 4:15pm PST

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

  44. Andrea ASaturday, November 12th, 2016 — 4:26pm PST

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

  45. Helga BelluzSaturday, November 12th, 2016 — 5:20pm PST

    Will come and see this very interesting version!

  46. lucSaturday, November 12th, 2016 — 10:28pm PST

    Great performance to attend!

  47. ArielSaturday, November 12th, 2016 — 11:57pm PST

    I really wanna go!

  48. SandraSunday, November 13th, 2016 — 12:19am PST

    Would love to see this show!

  49. RenfrewSunday, November 13th, 2016 — 2:56pm PST

    My daughter would love to see this.

  50. LorenaSunday, November 13th, 2016 — 3:43pm PST

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

  51. ChristineSunday, November 13th, 2016 — 4:12pm PST

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

  52. Kim ReesSunday, November 13th, 2016 — 4:40pm PST

    Would love to make this a mother daughter moment?

  53. Gina JohnstoneSunday, November 13th, 2016 — 7:14pm PST

    Would love to see this show! <3

  54. sonja townsonSunday, November 13th, 2016 — 9:51pm PST

    Would love to bring my grandson.

  55. AngelaSunday, November 13th, 2016 — 10:39pm PST

    This would be wonderful!

  56. DilaraSunday, November 13th, 2016 — 11:44pm PST

    Sounds like fun!

  57. LeaMonday, November 14th, 2016 — 12:14am PST

    Sounds great!

  58. OliviaMonday, November 14th, 2016 — 10:12am PST

    I would love to attend this!

  59. Bernadette EstradaMonday, November 14th, 2016 — 10:32am PST

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

  60. MagMonday, November 14th, 2016 — 2:43pm PST

    Thanks for the contest.

  61. Jason BMonday, November 14th, 2016 — 3:21pm PST

    That Hansel he is so hot right now…

  62. Samantha TsangMonday, November 14th, 2016 — 8:41pm PST

    <3 would love to see this

  63. SusanWednesday, November 16th, 2016 — 12:01am PST

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

  64. Miriam EdwardsWednesday, November 16th, 2016 — 9:09am PST

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

  65. Tom ChanWednesday, November 16th, 2016 — 9:58pm PST

    It’ll be a great performance

  66. MelissaThursday, November 17th, 2016 — 11:32am PST

    This would be great!

  67. StacySaturday, November 19th, 2016 — 4:17pm PST

    This sounds amazing!

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