Vancouver Opera – Hansel & Gretel


Vancouver Opera – Hansel & Gretel

Client: Vancouver Opera
Director: Domenico Cutrupi
Cinematographer: Amit Garg
Production Coordinator: Arianna Andrews
Editing andGraphics: Domenico Cutrupi

Go behind the scenes with director Brenna Corner, and see how she creatively reimagines a classic fairy tale opera.

For VO’s new production, in an abridged version to appeal to younger audiences, the master artisans of Old Trout Puppet workshop have created an enchanting fairy-tale world of visual surprises. VO commissioned a charming new reduced orchestration to suit the intimate Vancouver Playhouse.

About Hansel and Gretel
Long ago, in a fairy-tale house, two children find themselves on a magical adventure. Lost in the woods and pursued by a witch, Hansel and Gretel must use all their wits and trickery to avoid a terrible fate. Astonishing puppets and playful surprises abound in this family-friendly treat. Engelbert Humperdinck’s dramatic score will thrill seasoned opera-goers and charm new audiences with familiar tunes that beautifully evoke the forest setting and the opera’s colourful characters and creatures. A youthful cast brings fresh energy and superb talent to this delightful holiday production.

Conductor: Alexander Prior
Brenna Corner
Sets and Puppets: Old Trout Puppet Workshop
New reduced orchestration: Anatoly Korolyov

Hansel: Pascale Spinney (Mezzo-Sporano)
Gretel: Taylor Pardell (Soprano)
Gertrude (mother): Leah Giselle Field (Mezzo-Soprano)
Peter (father): Peter Monaghan (Bass-Baritone)
Sandman: Vanessa Oude‐Reimerink (Soprano)
Dew Fairy: Vanessa Oude‐Reimerink(Soprano)
The Witch: Ryan Downey (Tenor)
Puppeteers: Lenard Stanga, Viktor Lukawski