Hansel and Gretel

Engelbert Humperdinck
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Hansel and Gretel has become one of the most successful fairy-tale operas, as it resonates with both adults and children alike. The composer, Engelbert Humperdinck, was a protégé of the great Richard Wagner’s, and the opera’s score is flavored with the sophisticated musical ideas he learned from his idol while still maintaining a charm and a light touch that were entirely Humperdinck’s own. The opera acknowledges the darker features present in the Brothers Grimm version of the familiar folk tale yet presents them within a frame of grace and humor that communicates universal-ly to everyone!

Engelbert Humperdinck

Based on the Grimm brothers’ fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel.”


A collaboration with Florida Gulf Coast University’s Bower School of Music.

Student discount available by calling the box office at (239) 963-9050.

Event Dates

October 16, 2021 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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October 17, 2021 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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Wang Opera Center

2408 Linwood Avenue, Naples, FL, USA
(239) 963-9050




Engelbert Humperdinck
Sept. 1, 1854 - Sept. 27, 1921

Humperdinck was born at Siegburg in the Rhine Province in 1854. After receiving piano lessons, he produced his first composition at the age of seven. His first attempts at works for the stage were two singspiele written when he was 13. His parents disapproved of his plans for a career in music and encouraged him to study architecture.

But he began taking music classes under Ferdinand Hiller and Isidor Seiss at the Cologne Conservatory in 1872. In 1876, he won a scholarship that enabled him to go to Munich, where he studied with Franz Lachner and later with Josef Rheinberger. In 1879, he won the first Mendelssohn Award given by the Mendelssohn Stiftung (foundation) in Berlin.

He went to Italy, where he became acquainted with composer Richard Wagner in Naples. Wagner invited him to join him in Bayreuth, and during 1880 and 1881 Humperdinck assisted in the production of Parsifal. He also served as music tutor to Wagner’s son, Siegfried.

After winning another prize, Humperdinck traveled through Italy, France, and Spain. For two years, he taught at the Gran Teatre del Liceu Conservatory in Barcelona. In 1887, he returned to Cologne. He was appointed professor at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt in 1890 and also teacher of harmony at Julius Stockhausen’s Vocal School. By this time he had composed several works for chorus and a Humoreske for small orchestra, which enjoyed a vogue in Germany.