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From that set of songs Humperdinck expanded the piece to a singspiel and then ultimately to a full opera. Humperdinck and Wette presented a softer and lighter version of the story: Humperdincm new characters—including humpedrinck Sandman, the Dew Fairy, and 14 angels who guard the children while they sleep—were added to the story, as were pious pronouncements concerning prayer. A premiere was arranged for Munich late in The opera was an immediate success.

In its first year alone, it was presented in dozens of German theatres.

When the story opens, they are alone in their poor cottage, hard at work at their chores, and quite hungry. In the middle of all the fun, Gertrude comes home in a very bad mood, angry at them for not having finished their work.

She gets a stick humperdink hit them, and, as they escape, she accidentally knocks over the jug, spilling all the milk. She furiously orders them out of the house to pick strawberries. Then she despairs and begs God for help in feeding her children.

Exhausted, she falls asleep. Peter is heard singing in the distance. He reels into the house and gives Gertrude a big kiss. She is not amused and accuses him of being drunk.

He ignores her nagging and playfully asks for supper. She tells him that they have nothing to eat. To her surprise, he pulls out a sackful of food. He reports that he had gone to town to sell his broomsand because he happened upon a festival, he managed to make a huge profit.

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Gertrude toasts his evenin, and, as they begin to dig into the food, he realizes that the evehing are absent. Peter laughs heartily at this, and Gertrude cannot help joining in. The two rush out of the house in search of the children. It is now sunset. They begin snacking on the berries as they listen to a cuckoo singing in the distance. Meanwhile, darkness is falling, and they realize that they are lost in the woods. Gretel thinks she sees ghostly figures coming for them and cries out for her parents.


Out of the mist, a little man appears with a sack on his back. It is the Sandman, who sprinkles his magic sand on them to help them sleep. The Dew Fairy sprinkles dew on the children humperxinck gently wake them. Gretel wakes up first and greets the morning with a song.

Suddenly, a beautiful gingerbread house appears in the forest. They run up to it, inspecting the candy and cake trim on the house, eager to start eating, and hoping that whoever lives in the house will invite them in. The children freeze with fear but then, concluding that it must be the wind, go on to taste the treats, evenin they think are delicious.

They answer that it is the wind. Laughing at their own cleverness, they continue to eat, but soon they see that they are not alone. A horrible Witch takes hold of them, eyeing them hungrily and telling them how much she loves children—to eat. When they manage to break away, she freezes them with a spell that she casts, with a magic stick. She unfreezes Gretel with another spell and orders her to go into the house to set the table for supper.

The Witch gloats over her plan to eat Gretel first by having her look into the oven and then pushing her into it, baking her into gingerbread. She dances with her broomstick in gleeful anticipation of her feast. She calls for Gretel to bring more sweets for him.

While the Witch is feeding him, Gretel, seeing the magic stick unattended, grabs it and recites the unfreeze spell. The Witch calls Gretel over and asks her to look into the oven to see if the gingerbread is done yet.

Gretel pretends not to understand and asks the Witch to show her how. Annoyed, the Witch sticks her head in. They dance with joy at having beaten the Witch at her own game. Suddenly Peter is heard in the distance sadly calling for his children.

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The other children take the Witch, who has now herself turned into gingerbread, out of the oven. All thank God for their rescue and dance triumphantly. We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles. You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a few points in mind.

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