A wonderfully crafted confection, “Hansel and Gretel,” now at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, is a charming spin on a tale with a happy ending that will charm kids, adults, whole families, and especially the young at heart.
Indeed, the Lyric’s production of the beloved tale, revived by Eric Einhorn from the British production by Richard Jones, overflows with an abundance of
evocative imagery, inventive storybook sets, and colorful costuming that provides an exuberant escape from the day-to-day dreariness of Chicago’s gray winter weather.
Engelbert Humperdinck wrote the opera. He also adapted the text from the German Brothers Grimm fairytale …. in 1891 with the help his sister Adelheid.