May 5, 2018
- WIU Opera Theatre presents Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel" - Hainline Theatre
- Time: 7:30 PM
- Location: Hainline Theatre
- Description: Western Illinois University's School of Music Opera Theatre (WIUOT) will present the opera "Hansel and Gretel" at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday May 4-5 in Hainline Theatre.
"Hansel and Gretel" resonates with both adults and children and has become one of the most successful fairy-tale operas ever created. The composer, Engelbert Humperdinck, was a protégé of Richard Wagner. The opera's score is flavored with the sophisticated musical lessons he learned from his idol, while 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.
"WIU Opera Theatre students are very excited to share their work with our audience," said WIU Professor and WIUOT director Ricardo Sepúlveda. "Learning and performing an operatic role are time consuming, and present many challenges for a developing young artist. I am very proud and thankful for the opportunity to work with them in this masterpiece, along with Mtro. Richard Hughey, and Dr. Liang-Yu Wang, our rehearsal accompanist. It must also be noted that The WIU Department of Theatre and Dance has graciously provided support throughout this production process. I am particularly in debt to Heidi Clemmens (choreography) and Ethan Ivey (chorus master, Edison School) for their generous investment in making this a successful experience to all."
The opera has three acts by Humperdinck, with libretto by Adelheid Wette. It will be sung in English, with supertitles.
Tickets are $15 for the public, $12 for seniors, WIU employees, and youth. Tickets for WIU students are free with valid student identification. To purchase a ticket, visit the Hainline Theater Box Office or call (309) 298-2900.
More information about this event and about WIU Opera Theatre is available at facebook.com/WIUOpera/.
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- Source: School of Music