Tom Boyd's English version of

HANSEL and GRETEL by Humperdinck

available for productions by operatic societies

This delightful new production by producer/librettist Tom Boyd is the best English version I have ever seen....it preserves the fairy-tale atmosphere in a translation which respects the composer's intentions without losing any of the immediate impact of the story on an English audience....It is a pure delight for adults as well as children". (The Gloucestershire ECHO)

"He [Tom Boyd] successfully reverts to the traditional portrayal of the tale of two lost children at the mercy of a child-eating witch as a musical fairy tale in which good prevails and the "forces of the night" are more comic that evil. And while a Tom Boyd libretto will always contain contemporary references and humour, the treatment is traditional. ". (Wilts and Gloucestershire STANDARD)

This English version, faithfully Germanic in location, character and ambience, is as Humperdinck and his sister intended it; 'once upon a time in the Black Forest...' with all the charm and humour of a classic fairytale - not as grim as Grimm and without the dark psychological overtones and sociological issues that many pretentious modern versions read, or force, into it.

ACT I - The beginning of the opera

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The Father comes home

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The Father explains the ways of witches to the Mother

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The lost children meet the Sandman and say their evening prayers

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Gretel sings a folksong as she makes a flower crown

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Gretel wakes up: "Where am I?

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The Witch has Hansel and Gretel in her spell

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Hansel and Gretel outwit the witch and are found by their parents (finale)

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