Hansel and Gretel

Engelbert Humperdinck's fantasy Hansel and Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel) is a fairy tale opera that follows two young siblings, Hänsel and Gretel, as they get lost in the forest after being chased out of the house for bothering their mother. In their quest to pick and gather strawberries, the children become lost in the woods, reknown for being the home to an evil Witch who eats children.


After meeting some other magical characters, the children come across a delicious gingerbread house, where a kind old woman lives. They are invited inside to enjoy a smorgasbord of sweets and treats, only to discover that their host is the evil Witch. She puts a spell on the children, making them eat until their are plump so that she can cook them to perfection. The children manage to conquer the Witch, and their parents find them, all celebrating their freedom.


Our 2019 production was a huge success! We were proud to have Lizbeth Lucca, founder and producer of Repertory Opera Company sharing the role of the Witch.  Returning  to the VTO stage, Christy Lawrence (witch), Sherry Kaplan (Hansel), Stephanie Morgan-Russell (Hansel), Christine Li (Gertrud), Ria Mukund (Sandman & Dew Fairy), with Paul Junger (Peter) and Bill Bartlett (Peter).  Other first time performers with VTO are Hiroki Yoshinaga (Gerterud & Sandman), Shannon Gomes (Gretel),  


Saturday Dec. 1, 2:30 & 7:30pm

Woman's Club of South Pasadena

1424 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena 91030


Saturday Dec. 8, 2:30 & 7:30pm

Women's Club of Claremont

343 W Twelfth St, Claremont, CA 91711



This production is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and with support from the Los Angeles Department of Art and Culture.



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