Talya Lieberman as Gretel and Adria Caffaro as Hansel. Photography by Mark Lyons.

Talya Lieberman as Gretel and Adria Caffaro as Hansel. Photography by Mark Lyons.

CCM’s Mainstage Series proudly presents Engelbert Humperdinck’s timeless opera Hansel and Gretel from Nov. 20 – 23 in UC’s Corbett Auditorium. This magical production also features the Cincinnati Children’s Choir, ensemble-in-residence at CCM.

Based on the German fairy tale popularized by the Brothers Grimm, this contemporary production is conducted by CCM Director of Orchestral Studies Mark Gibson with stage direction by the J. Ralph Corbett Distinguished Chair in Opera Robin Guarino. This opera will be sung in English with supertitles.

Composed by Humperdinck, with a libretto by his sister Adelheid Wette, the perennially popular opera premiered in 1893 to instant success. Showing the influence of German folksong, along with harmonic and textural influences of Richard Wagner, the opera was hailed by fellow German composer Richard Strauss (who conducted the premiere) as “a masterpiece of the highest quality.” The opera has since become a holiday tradition throughout the world.

Guarino’s production transports the classic fairy tale to the 1930s Depression Era. The precocious brother and sister duo are poor, hungry and dreaming of tasty treats. When their overworked mother sends them into the world to find food, they lose their way in the forest and encounter a scary witch with a deliciously sinister plan.

The Company

  • Reilly Nelson as Hansel*
  • Adria Caffaro as Hansel^
  • Megan Slack as Gretel*
  • Talya Lieberman as Gretel^
  • Gabriella Sam as Mother*
  • Nicolette Book as Mother^
  • Blake Lampton as Father*
  • Andrew Manea as Father^
  • Paulina Villarreal as Sandman*
  • Hillary Grobe as Sandman^
  • Erica Intilangelo as The Dew Fairy*
  • Autumn West as The Dew Fairy^
  • John Overholt as The Witch*
  • Jason Weisinger as The Witch^
  • Hillary Grobe, Molly Hanes, Erica Intelangelo, Jillian McGreen,  Mengchun Yang, Autumn West as the Chorus of Echoes
  • Jillian McGreen, Mengchun Yang as the Angel Children
  • Sola Fadiran, John Humphrey, Daniel Illig, Brian Marquis as Supers

* Performs on Thursday, Nov. 20th and Saturday, Nov. 22nd
^ Performs on Friday, Nov. 21st and Sunday, Nov. 23rd

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23

Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to CCM’s Mainstage production of Hansel and Gretel are $31-35 adults, $20-24 non-UC students and $18-22 UC students with valid ID.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/hansel-and-gretel-mainstage.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the new U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.

CCM Season Presenting Sponsor & Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Community Partner: ArtsWave

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