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Opera As a family
An opera based on the work of Engelbert Humperdinck - Adapted by : Samuel Achache, Henri-Alexis Baatsch, Sarah Le Picard and Sergio Menozzi - Conductor : Karine Locatelli
- Théâtre de la Renaissance, Oullins
- 1 hour 20 minutes
- In French
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This retelling by Sergio Menozzi of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel places childhood back at the centre of the original tale: Gretel leads the action in a piece sung by the members of the Lyon Opera’s Children’s Choir.
In the forest, Gretel and her brother Hansel are taken by surprise when night falls. When they wake up, hungry, they come across a sugar house, the lair of a witch who lures children in and then eats them. But Gretel uses her cunning to throw the witch into the oven, transforming her into a giant gingerbread figure and returning the children she had transformed into cake to their human form.
Sergio Menozzi gives us a very personal version of Hansel and Gretel, the opera with Wagnerian accents that Engelbert Humperdinck based on the different versions of the fairytale, the best known being that of the Brothers Grimm. Hansel, Gretel… puts the children back at the heart of the story by focusing attention on Gretel, whose cunning triumphs over the wicked witch. In order to bring the work back to the family entertainment it was originally, Menozzi replaced the romantic orchestra with a sextet of flute, clarinet, horn, violin, cello and piano. Here all the roles are entrusted to children in a score transposed for the young voices of the Lyon Opera Children’s Choir under the direction of Karine Locatelli. The staging is by Samuel Achache, who won a Molière award in 2013 for Le Crocodile Trompeur / Dido and Aeneas, who infuses this production with all the fear and intelligence of childhood.
A musical tale in three scenes
Based on the opera by Engelbert Humperdinck
French adaptation by Henri-Alexis Baatsch and Sergio Menozzi, created in Lyon on Dec. 14, 1995
Co-production La Renaissance – Oullins Greater Lyon Area