Hänsel und Gretel
By Englebert Humperdinck
Libretto by Adelheid Wette
A production of the Jerusalem Opera
With the Ashdod Symphony Orchestra
The libretto for the opera “Hansel and Gretel” was written by Adleheid Wette for her children, in
honour of their annual Christmas celebrations in their home. She asked her brother, the famous
composer Engelbert Humperdinck, to compose music for some of the songs (which later became the opera that you will hear tonight).
The brother and sister Englebert and Adleheid watch as the young children play out the roles of the hungry and mischievous brother and sister - Hansel and Gretel.
However, the moment they enter the enchanted forest, the story starts to spin; the fable becomes a play and the play in turn becomes reality. Everyone is drawn into the twisting storyline, in which each character seeks to face his or her most profound fear.
A magical opera that does not cease to thrill adults and children around the world!
Musical Director and Conductor: Omer Arieli
Stage Director: Ari Teperberg
Choirmaster: Inbal Brill
Set designer: Yonatan Swed
Costume designer: Hilla Shapira
Lighting designer: Yoav Barel
Producer: Adi Juliusberger
Assistant producer, assitant stage director: Danielle Boggio
Hansel: Shai Terry / Iphigenie Worbes
Gretel: Ayelet Kagan / Na’ama Shulman
The Father: Gabriele Ribis / Netanel Zalevsky
The Mother: Esther Alaeva / Rinatya Nessim
The Witch: Shira Cohen / Dalya Besprozvany
The Sandman, The Dewman: Elinor Grinberg / Marva Koren / Rashelle Shifrin
The Chorus, Children: Dima Azar; Rina Meiari; Raina Atik; Yael Avram; Romi Zelig; Shai Yakabovich; Danielle Boggio; Mika Erlich; Noga Lupo; Ma’ayan Zuk-Ran; Chen Mekler
Rehearsal Pianists: Tal Yigal; Alexei Polniansky; Daniel Shefi
Graphic Designer: Maayan Levin