It is the well-known story of the two poor broom-maker children who got lost in the forest and lost in the forest and fall into the clutches of the wicked witch Rosina Leckermaul. The music also lingers in the ear, as the composer Engelbert Humperdinck has embedded popular, catchy melodies in the richness of a late-romantic orchestral apparatus.
"Hänsel and Gretel" belongs on the pre-Christmas opera programme like gingerbread to a gingerbread house. As irresistible as the sweet pastry is the cult
production by Andreas Meyer-Hanno, which, after its scenic revitalisation a few years ago, is once again spreading festive splendour this season.