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"Hansel and Gretel" (/ˈhænsəl, ˈhɛn- ... ˈɡrɛtəl/; German: Hänsel und Gretel [ˈhɛnzl̩ ʔʊnt ˈɡʁeːtl̩]) is a German fairy tale collected by the German Brothers Grimm and published in 1812 in Grimm's Fairy Tales (KHM 15). It is also known as Hansel and Grettel, or Little Step Brother and Little Step Sister.
Hansel and Gretel are a brother and sister abandoned in a forest, where they fall into the hands of a witch who lives in a house made of gingerbread, cake, and candy. The cannibalistic witch intends to fatten the children before eventually eating them, but Gretel outwits the witch and kills her. The two children then escape with their lives and return home with the witch's treasure.
"Hänsel und Gretel is a fairy-tale opera (Märchenspiel) by Engelbert Humperdinck to a libretto by his sister Adelheid Wette. The idea for the opera was proposed to Humperdinck by his sister, who approached him about writing music for songs that she had written for her children for Christmas based...
Hänsel und Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck, from Semperoper Dresden, 2006. Directed by Andreas Morell, conductor Michael Hofstetter. Starring Iris Vermillon, Irmgard Vilsmaier, Antigone Papoulkas, Hans-Joachim Ketelsen. Performed in German.