Muscat: The Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) will present the opera Hänsel und Gretel composed by Engelbert Humperdinck and performed for the first time at ROHM. Sir Donald Runnicles will conduct the Deutsche Opera Berlin.
For over a hundred years Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel has been one of the most popular operas for the entire family. Taken from a play first written for children by the composer’s sister, Adelheid Wette, based on the story by the Grimm brothers, the resulting work with its catchy tunes and dramatic appeal to children and adults alike is a two-hour symphonic masterpiece. It has been translated into over twenty languages and remains to this day many children’s very first contact with opera.
Andreas Homoki and his set designer Wolfgang Gussmann tell the story so that children can enjoy it. The opera is dramatic and fun: enjoy the enchanting nocturnal scenes in the forest, be thrilled by the spine-tingling theatrical effects and the witch’s long-awaited appearance, a scene managed with both drama and comedy. Children as young as eight will thrill to Humperdinck’s fairytale, in which Good triumphs over Evil and Hansel and Gretel, by virtue of their courage and ingenuity, liberate not only themselves but also all the other children
Following two special performances for schools on October 26 and 27, 2022, the performance will take place at the Royal Opera House Muscat over two nights on October 28 at 7pm and a matinee performance on October 29, 2022 at 4pm.
Source : OmanObserver