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A Fairy Tale Ending for Opera Fans: Dickinson College Presents ‘Hansel and Gretel’

Hansel and Gretel

Photo by Claudia Bonaccorsi '22.

Beloved opera is the first staged at Dickinson in over 20 years

Dickinson's Department of Music presents a creative take on a beloved German opera that's based on a Brothers Grimm fairy tale. The college’s performance of 19th-century composer Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel marks the first opera staging at Dickinson since the 1990s.

Presented in English with piano accompaniment and a prologue, and featuring lead performances by Zoe Muller '22 (Hansel) and Abby Duell '20 (Gretel), Hansel and Gretel features richly expressive music and charming folk melodies, and is redacted from the original three-act opera.

It's presented by the Lyric Performance Practicum, a group of Dickinson voice students who perform staged scenes and songs from operas and musical theatre, under the direction of Professor of Music James Martin, who plays the father in this production. Past Lyric Performance Practicum performances highlighted selections from Madama Butterfly, Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, The Tempest and Lakmé. 

Performances are Friday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 16, at 4 p.m. in Rubendall Recital Hall, Weiss Center for the Arts. Admission is free for this public event.

Hansel and Gretel


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Published February 13, 2020