Hansel and Gretel were good kids until their gingerbread addiction caused their lives to spiral out of control, as chronicled on VH1's Behind the Fairy Tale. See what they were like before fame destroyed them with today's Groupon: for $35, you get one ticket (mezzanine seating or better) to the Austin Lyric Opera's production of Hansel and Gretel on Wednesday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Long Center for the Performing Arts (up to a $126 value). Mezzanine tickets start at $70, making this Groupon good for at least half off the regular price. Buy multiple Groupons under the same name to ensure that your seats get grouped together.
As re-imagined by the Austin Lyric Opera, Engelbert Humperdinck's opera takes place in turn-of-the-century New York and tells the tale of two immigrant children tempted by an alluring edible house in an impenetrable urban forest. The house's strange occupant extends the twosome an offer to work with a hidden agenda to plumpen and devour them. You'll have to see the performance to find out whether the quick-witted siblings are able to reverse the paralyzing spell and seek release for themselves and many other children just in the nick of time. The opera is performed in German and English with English supertitles.
Along with being a night of sprightly, sparkling entertainment, the Austin Lyric Opera's staging of Hansel and Gretel is also a high-spirited intro for opera-virgins. Watch the familiar childhood plot come to life in an energetic and imaginative performance that will delight adults and children as much as it will infuriate witches.
The Austin Lyric Opera's past productions have gotten a great deal of glowing press from local media critics and bloggers:
- Austin Lyric Opera delivers a nuanced yet gut-wrenching production of Francis Poulenc’s “Dialogues of the Carmelites” which opened Saturday night at the Long Center. And that’s no a small feat to pull of [sic] with Poulenc’s very modern intellectual yet ultimately emotional query into the nature of belief. – Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, Austin American-Statesman
- ...Austin Lyric Opera's latest revival of Rigoletto...has been crafted with a wealth of passion and skill that expertly balances the needs of the music and the drama; that conveys, even to a novice, why composer Giuseppe Verdi was a master of his chosen art form. – Robert Faires, Austin Chronicle
- The cast is consistently excellent, with voices suited to the style. – David Mead, Austin American-Statesman