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opera Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel Johannes Felsenstein (stage director), Markus L. Frank (music director) – Anhaltisches Theater, Dessau

Johannes Felsenstein (stage director), Markus L. Frank (music director) – Anhaltisches Theater, Dessau

Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel Johannes Felsenstein (stage director), Markus L. Frank (music director) – Anhaltisches Theater, Dessau


Hocus pocus! Hansel and Gretel in a fairy production by Johannes Felsenstein

Hansel and Gretel, two young children from a humble family living on the edge of the Ilsenstein forest are making brooms and stitching a stoking. But the idea of a rice cake for dinner diverts them from their domestic toils. The mother, Gertrud, comes in and scolds them for not working. Alas! The milk pot intended for the making of the cake is spilled over. The mother, both despaired and sorry for her hungry children, sends Hansel and Gretel into the wood to pick strawberries, unaware of the danger to which she exposes them. Peter, the father, comes back from a neighboring hamlet, the pockets full of victuals. Where are the children? Gone into the woods, replied the mother. The father is terrified. The woods are inhabited by a witch who eats lost children. Hansel and Gretel fight over the last strawberries, when suddenly a wonder appears before their eyes: a gingerbread house! Hansel and Gretel rush to the house, wolfing down windows, doors, walls, everything a house could be made of. Who's here? The witch appears, Hansel and Gretel are frozen to the spot. Hocus pocus! Hansel is stiff, ready to be put in the oven. Thankfully, Gretel grands the witch's wand. Hocus pocus! The witch is defeated. Gingerbread children have turned back into humans.

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  • Johannes Felsenstein | Stage director
  • Stefan Rieckhoff | Set designer , Conductor
  • Susanne Schulz | Dramaturgy
  • Ludmil Kuntschew | Peter
  • Alexandra Petersamer | Gertrud
  • Sabine Noack | Hänsel
  • Cornelia Marschall | Gretel
  • Ludmil Kuntschew | The Witch
  • Viktorija Kaminskaite | Sandman – Dewman
  • Children Chorus of the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau
  • Dorislava Kuntscheva | Chorus director
  • Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau
  • Markus L. Frank | Music director


  • Engelbert Humperdinck, Hansel and Gretel
    • I: Prelude
    • I, 1: "Suse, liebe Suse, was raschelt im Stroh?" (Gretel, Hänsel)
    • I, 1: "So recht! und willst du nun nicht mehr klagen" (Gretel, Hänsel)
    • I, 1: "Brüderchen, komm tanz' mit mir" - Tanzduett (Gretel, Hänsel)
    • I, 2: "Holla! ... Himmel! Die Mutter!" (The Mother, Hänsel, Gretel)
    • I, 2: "Marsch! Fort in den Wald!" (The Mother)
    • I, 3: "Ral la la la, ral la la la, Heissa Mutter, ich bin da!" (The Father
    • I, 3: "Ho ho! Wer spek-spektakelt mir da im Haus..." (The Mother, The Father)
    • I, 3: "Doch halt, wo bleiben die Kinder?" (The Mother, The Father)
    • I, 3: "Wenn sie sich verirrten im Walde dort" (The Mother, The Father)
    • I, 3: "Eine Hex', steinalt haust tief im Wald" (The Mother, The Father)
    • II: Prelude
    • II, 1: "Ein Männlein steht im Walde" (Gretel, Hänsel)
    • II, 1: "Mein Erbelkörbchen ist voll bis oben!" (Gretel, Hänsel)
    • II, 1: "Gretel, ich weiss nicht den Weg nicht mehr!" (Hänsel, Gretel, Echo)
    • II, 1: "Der kleine Sandman bin ich,st!" (Sandman, Hänsel, Gretel)
    • II, 2: "Abends, will ich schlafen gehn" (Hänsel, Gretel)
    • II, 3: Dream Pantomime (Orchester)
    • III: Prelude
    • III, 1: "Der kleine Taumann heiss'ich" (Taumann)
    • III, 1: "Wo bin ich? Wach'ich?" (Gretel, Hänsel)
    • III, 2: "Bleib' stehn!" (Gretel, Hänsel)
    • III, 2: "Wie duftet's von dorten" (Gretel, Hänsel)
    • III, 3: "Knusper knusper Knäuschen" (A voice outside, Hänsel, Gretel, Children)
    • III, 3: "Ich bin Rosina Leckermaul" (Hexe, Hänsel, Gretel)
    • III, 3: "Halt! Hokus pokus, Hexenschuss!" (Hexe)
    • III, 3: "Nun Gretel, sei vernünftig und nett" (Hexe, Gretel, Hänsel)
    • III, 3: "Hurr hopp hopp hopp" (Hexe)
    • III, 3: "Auf' wach' auf, mein Jüngelchen" (Hexe, Gretel, Hänsel)
    • III, 3: "Juchhei! Nun ist die Hexe tot" (Hänsel, Gretel)
    • III, 4: "Erlöst, befreit, für alle Zeit!" (Children, Gretel, Hänsel, the Father)
    • III, Finale: "Vater! Mutter!" (Hänsel, Gretel, the Mother, the Father, All)


  • Directed by:
    • Brooks Riley
  • Venue: Anhaltisches Theater (Dessau, Germany)
  • Production date: 2008
  • Recording date: 2007
  • Duration: 1 h 39 min
  • Production: © RM Arts
  • Available version(s): EN
  • Available subtitle(s) : EN
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