Hansel and Gretel

January 25. 2023 - February 05. 2023

Upcoming Dates

January 25. 2023 - February 05. 2023

Hansel and Gretel


When this universally cherished production debuted 20 years ago, it captivated Chicago audiences. It did the same in 2012, and this season it returns again by popular demand. This rivetingly modern, astonishingly inventive view of the Brothers Grimm's fairytale features an eye-popping production that does full justice to Humperdinck's glorious score. You'll be rooting for Hansel and Gretel at every moment in their battle against the witch in the massive, industrial-strength kitchen, and you'll be moved by the "Dream Ballet." From the exquisite "Evening Prayer" to the uproarious "Witch's Ride," this ever-fresh, whimsical masterpiece is packed with musical gems that make it a wonderful introduction to opera for audiences of all ages.

  • Language: Sung in German with projected English titles
  • Running Time: 2 hours 20 minutes with 1 intermission
  • Location: Lyric Opera House

Lyric’s presentation of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel is generously made possible by ITW.

Pre-opera talk

Speaker: Colin Ure

Join us in the Ardis Krainik Theatre one hour before your opera performance begins for a free, 30-minute preview talk discussing that day’s production.

Seating is unreserved, but a ticket for that day’s performance is required. Talks begin one hour before each performance and doors open approximately 15 minutes before the start of the talks.

Pre-opera talks are supported by Raynette and Ned Boshell.

A recorded version of the Pre-opera talk is available below. 

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The music featured is generously furnished by Warner Classics.

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Meet the artists



* Lyric debut
*** Ryan Opera Center Ensemble

Program book

Go inside this production of Hansel and Gretel with engaging articles, notes from the director, a complete plot synopsis, artist bios, and more.

View digital program book


Coproduction of Lyric Opera of Chicago and Welsh National Opera. Coproduction originally made possible by the Vance Family Fund, with additional funding from BP America Inc. 

Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera