UVA, SWVA Opera Company perform Hansel and Gretel May 14

Northeast State’s Hot Nights, Cool Music Summer Concert Series opens tonight when the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and the Southwest Virginia Opera Company present the opera Hansel and Gretel on Thursday, May 14.

The opera will be performed at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theatre on the College’s Blountville campus next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Theater doors open at 7:00 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

The well-known fairy tale of German origin was first recorded by the Brothers Grimm and published in 1812. Engelbert Humperdinck’s adapted the story and composed the opera that was first performed in 1893. This fairytale opera is told in three acts by Adelheid Wette.

Hansel and Gretel meet the witch.
Hansel and Gretel meet the witch.

The opera opens with the siblings abandoned in the woods by their father. The two discover a large cottage built of gingerbread and cakes with window panes of sugar. The children hungry children begin to eat the rooftop of the candy house. Suddenly the door opens and an old woman emerges luring them inside with the promise of soft beds and delicious food. But her intentions become clear once she has enslaved the children and prepped her kitchen. Can Hansel and Gretel triumph over the evil witch before dinner is served? Come enjoy this frightening fable set to soaring operatic music.

For more information about Hansel and Gretel or the Northeast State summer concert series visit www.northeaststate.edu or contact alb3he@uvawise.edu or 276.328.0256.

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