Opera

Königskinder

Engelbert Humperdinck

Fairy tale opera in three acts Libretto by Ernst Rosmer (Elsa Bernstein) after the dramatic fairy tale of the same name Performed in German with German and English supertitles

A witch's cottage in the woods, a magic spell and a prince, striking out to discover the world. The beginning of Engelbert Humperdinck´s »Königskinder« reads like a sequel to his popular opera »Hansel and Gretel«.  Yet what begins as a fairy tale soon turns into quite the opposite.  Far from civilization and society, a young goose girl grows up under the watchful eye of a witch. The young girl longs for freedom, but only the wise minstrel is able to instill her with enough self-confidence to break the spell and follow her beloved prince.  At noon, she finds herself at the gates of Hellastadt with the prince, where the townspeople are awaiting their new royal couple. The people of Hellastadt do not, however, recognize the true royal couple in their tattered clothes and chase them away, thus depriving themselves of the possibility of a golden future. Humperdinck´s opera »Königskinder« uses lyrical and touching music to describe an incorrigible and frigid society, which defeats even true love.

Summary

A witch's cottage in the woods, a magic spell and a prince, striking out to discover the world. The beginning of Engelbert Humperdinck´s »Königskinder« reads like a sequel to his popular opera »Hansel and Gretel«.  Yet what begins as a fairy tale soon turns into quite the opposite.  Far from civilization and society, a young goose girl grows up under the watchful eye of a witch. The young girl longs for freedom, but only the wise minstrel is able to instill her with enough self-confidence to break the spell and follow her beloved prince.  At noon, she finds herself at the gates of Hellastadt with the prince, where the townspeople are awaiting their new royal couple. The people of Hellastadt do not, however, recognize the true royal couple in their tattered clothes and chase them away, thus depriving themselves of the possibility of a golden future. Humperdinck´s opera »Königskinder« uses lyrical and touching music to describe an incorrigible and frigid society, which defeats even true love.

Complete Cast

Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden
Staatskapelle Dresden
Children's Choir of the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden
Dancers of the ballet school "Semper mobilis"

Generously supported by the Semperoper Foundation

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