Times-Call Staff Writer
In Engelbert Humperdinck's 1893 opera, "Hansel and Gretel," a fence of traditional gingerbread-cookie-shaped panels surrounds the witch's gingerbread house.
When Hansel and Gretel defeat the witch, shoving her in the oven, those gingerbread cookies become human — the spirits of the children the witch had eaten were trapped inside.
And, since it's an opera, the children break out in song.
"It's a big celebration," said Leigh Holman, director of CU Opera.
This weekend, 40 of those gingerbread-turned-children singers are from Erie's Black Rock Elementary School choir. Another 10 are Boulder-area children. They will be performing with University of Colorado students at Macky Auditorium.
Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel”
Sung in German with English surtitles
When: 7:30 p.m. March 14-15; 2 p.m. March 16
Where: Macky Auditorium, University of Colorado Boulder campus
Tickets: $14 and up
Info: cupresents.org or 303-492-8008
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