Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre combine to perform Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel

Photo Hansel and Gretel in front of an illustrated bright green background with a cartoonish candy house

Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” is a classic opera based on the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. First performed in 1893, it has become one of the most beloved works in the operatic repertoire, known for its lush melodies, imaginative storytelling and thrilling musical moments. The story follows the adventures of two siblings, Hansel and Gretel, as they navigate the dangerous forest in search of food and eventually come face-to-face with a wicked witch. With its themes of love, family and perseverance in the face of adversity, Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” continues to captivate audiences of all ages.

Two performances will be held in the Fresno State Concert Hall. Tickets are $15 for general admission; $10 for Fresno State employees, non-Fresno State students and seniors; $5 for children 12 and under; and free for Fresno State students.

The opera is directed by Dr. Maria Briggs, produced by Dr. Anthony Radford and conducted by Dr. Thomas Loewenheim. Dr. Drew Quiring is the coach and repetiteur and Dr. Cari Earnhart is the chorus master.

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