Published on November 15, 2017 by Ashley Smith  
Hansel Gretel poster

Samford University’s Dr. Chandler and Jane Paris Smith Opera Series brings the classic tale of Hansel and Gretel to stage of Samford’s Harrison Theatre Nov. 30-Dec. 3.  Performances will be November 30-December 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 3 at 2:30 p.m.   

According to Joseph Hopkins, School of the Arts dean, "It takes a village to present an opera. Combining the talents of performers, musicians, designers, technicians, directors and managers whose attention to detail and commitment to the task makes this performance possible."  

Kristin Kenning, director of Samford Opera, notes, "Our joint production between the Division of Music and the Department of Theatre and Dance exemplifies the type of artistic collaboration that makes Samford a vibrant place for arts education and artistic collaboration." 

Engelbert Humperdinck composed his fairy tale opera Hansel and Gretel at the behest of his sister, librettist Adelheid Wette, as a Christmas gift for her children. The opera closely follows the tale as recorded by the Grimm brothers and premiered under the baton of Richard Strauss in Weimar, Germany, on Dec. 23, 1893. The classic tale will appeal to young and old, showcasing local school children in the chorus and the stunning set design of former theatre faculty member Eric Olson, Kenning said. 

Kenning expressed her "heartfelt thanks to all who participated in the production and to Dr. Chandler and Jane Paris Smith for providing the funding that makes the opera season possible."  


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.