Please be advised that the following information refers to a production from the Met's 2014-15
season. Explore our 2015-16 Metropolitan Opera Season to view the current repertory.
Hansel and Gretel
Approximate running time 2 hrs. 10 min.
Returning for the holidays, this season's family entertainment is Richard Jones's witty production of Humperdinck's fairy-tale opera, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, in which two children face off against a wicked witch. In a lush setting of giant chefs, suit-clad trees, and an industrial kitchen where the Witch gets what's coming to her, Aleksandra Kurzak as Gretel and Christine Rice as Hansel lead a visual and delightful feast for our younger patrons.
Originally created for Welsh National Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago
Richard Jones's "arresting... haunting" production stars Christine Rice as Hansel, whose voice is "bright and lean, her diction crisp and energetic."
Aleksandra Kurzak as Gretel is "a veteran of this production whose slender tone has lately gotten subtly fuller... Their chemistry delightful, Ms. Rice and Ms. Kurzak danced, crept and cowered with ease, radiating sweetness without ever tipping over into sentimentality... The poignant moments of Humperdinck's luminous score [are] conducted with a light, sensitive touch by Andrew Davis." (New York Times)
Performance Dates/Tickets and Info
All performances for this production have passed, and tickets are no longer available.