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Tiroler Festspiele Erl - HUMPERDINCK - Royal Children

16 years after the success of "Hansel and Gretel", which had a decisive influence on his career, Engelbert Humperdinck successfully returned to the enchanted forest - this time he ventured into its darker depths for the adult fairy tale "King's Children". The mystical play of the same name by Elsa Bernstein had fascinated the composer for a long time and inspired him in 1897 to write his groundbreaking melodramatic setting of the entire play with musically remarkable language. This musically courageous experiment failed, but Humperdinck's obsession with the subject continued and finally led to the completion of the opera in 1910. At its premiere at the Metropolitan Opera, the work received triumphant applause and was hailed as "the most important opera since Parsifal". Enthusiastic applause also set in at the individual curtain calls when the soprano Geraldine Farrar brought one of the live geese she had personally trained for the production as she bowed. The "King's Children" are two young people who grew up far away from society:  A goose girl who was brought up by a witch in the forest, and a prince who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth in an inaccessible palace. By chance, these two outsiders meet and fall in love. Separated from each other, they reach the leaderless city of Hellabrunn in the valley, where they have to experience that the world outside the one they know is neither always friendly nor wise. Both have to pay a high price for this experience - they learn that not all fairy tales can have a happy ending. Nature and civilisation come into conflict in this new production directed by Matthew Wild. Set and costume designer Herbert Murauer creates his designs based on dream worlds and in this way intensifies the "bizarre poetry" of the text, as lovingly described by Humperdinck.

Musical direction Giedrė Šlekytė
Staging Matthew Wild
Stage design & costumes Herbert Murauer
Light Olaf Winter

King's son Gerard Schneider
Goose Girl Elizabeth Reiter
minstrel Iain MacNeill
Witch Katharina Magiera
Woodchopper Thomas Gazheli
Broom-maker Jaeil Kim
Councillor Franz Mayer
Landlord Oskar Hillebrandt
Landlord's daughter Kelsey Lauritano
Tailor Michael Petruccelli
Stable maid Valerie Eickhoff

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Tiroler Festspiele Erl - HUMPERDINCK - Royal Children - Erl

16 years after the success of "Hansel and Gretel", which had a decisive influence on his career, Engelbert Humperdinck successfully returned to the enchanted forest - this time he ventured into its darker depths for the adult fairy tale "King's Children". The mystical play of the same name by Elsa Bernstein had fascinated the composer for a long time and inspired him in 1897 to write his groundbreaking melodramatic setting of the entire play with musically remarkable language. This musically courageous experiment failed, but Humperdinck's obsession with the subject continued and finally led to the completion of the opera in 1910. At its premiere at the Metropolitan Opera, the work received triumphant applause and was hailed as "the most important opera since Parsifal". Enthusiastic applause also set in at the individual curtain calls when the soprano Geraldine Farrar brought one of the live geese she had personally trained for the production as she bowed. The "King's Children" are two young people who grew up far away from society:  A goose girl who was brought up by a witch in the forest, and a prince who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth in an inaccessible palace. By chance, these two outsiders meet and fall in love. Separated from each other, they reach the leaderless city of Hellabrunn in the valley, where they have to experience that the world outside the one they know is neither always friendly nor wise. Both have to pay a high price for this experience - they learn that not all fairy tales can have a happy ending. Nature and civilisation come into conflict in this new production directed by Matthew Wild. Set and costume designer Herbert Murauer creates his designs based on dream worlds and in this way intensifies the "bizarre poetry" of the text, as lovingly described by Humperdinck.

Musical direction Giedrė Šlekytė
Staging Matthew Wild
Stage design & costumes Herbert Murauer
Light Olaf Winter

King's son Gerard Schneider
Goose Girl Elizabeth Reiter
minstrel Iain MacNeill
Witch Katharina Magiera
Woodchopper Thomas Gazheli
Broom-maker Jaeil Kim
Councillor Franz Mayer
Landlord Oskar Hillebrandt
Landlord's daughter Kelsey Lauritano
Tailor Michael Petruccelli
Stable maid Valerie Eickhoff

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