Hansel and Gretel try to forget their hunger with dance and song before their mother, annoyed by their light-heartedness, sends them into the forest to look for berries. There, brother and sister lose their way and, finally overcome by tiredness, they are brought to restful sleep by the sandman. 14 guardian angels accompany them through their dreams until night is over, when the dew fairy wakes the children up. Soon they arrive at a gingerbread house whose owner, a child-eating witch, imprisons the youngsters. With their life in mortal danger, Hansel and Gretel succeed in disposing of the witch. When the worried parents finally appear the gingerbread children have turned back to their human forms, and the triumph of good over evil is complete.
Fairy tale drama in three acts by Engelbert Humperdinck. In German language.
Running time 2 hours 5 minutes
Premiere 09 Dec 2006
Children's choir of the Saxon State Opera Dresden
Members of Sinfoniechor Dresden – Extrachor der Semperoper Dresden
Children of the Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden
Dancer among the supernumeraries
With generous support of the foundation of Förderung der Semperoper