Production for rent: Gretel & Hansel

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Composer: Engelbert Humperdinck

Libretto: French adaptation by Henri-Alexis Baatsch and Sergio Menozzi after Grimm


Category: Opera for children

Language: French

Running times: 1h20 (no intermission)

Premiered: Lyon, 1995

New production: 9 February 2019

Gretel et Hansel © Stefan Brion

Stage and music director: Sarah Koné • Choreography: Christine Bonneton • Set designer: Roberta Chiarito • Costume designer: Lucie Guillemet • Lighting designer: Sébastien Böhm • Sound designer: Aline Morel

Chrysoline Dupont

Director of Artistic Coordination, Production and Development

In a few words

Gretel and Hansel are two cheerful children, despite their parents' poverty. While picking strawberries, they get lost in the forest where a witch lives... with a terrible appetite.


The famous Grimm's tale inspired Humperdinck, an emulator of Wagner, to create a fairy tale opera that is still very popular in Germany. This classic of the repertoire, adapted and lightened, will seduce the audience, all generations included, thanks to its translation into French and its interpretation by the young artists of the Maîtrise Populaire of the Opéra-Comique.

Press review

“Sarah Koné is always as precise as flexible, as didactic as playful.”

Olyrix,16 February 2019, Charles Arden


Number of Principals: 7 + 7 members of the choir

Children’s choir : 28 children from Maîtrise Populaire de l’Opéra-Comique

Extras: 2



1 flute, 1 clarinet, 1 cor, 1 violin, 1 cello, 1 piano

Volume of the production

 Set and props ½ container

Other info

Last performed: 2019, Opéra-Comique

Gretel & Hansel

Engelbert Humperdinck

February 09 to 11, 2019

In 2018 many adults and children alike have trodden the mosaics of the Opéra Comique for the first time during “Mon premier festival d’opéra” (My first opera festival). In 2019 this event is back with three productions intended for families as an introduction to the delights of music and singing. The Opéra Comique is doing its best to make these moments an unforgettable experience and offers a playful introduction before performances and the opportunity to meet the artists.

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