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Purchase Opera To Perform Hansel and Gretel

The Purchase Opera is ready to present "Hansel and Gretel" starting Nov. 15.
The Purchase Opera is ready to present "Hansel and Gretel" starting Nov. 15. Photo Credit: Courtesy The Purchase Opera

HARRISON, N.Y. -- The Purchase Opera is ready to present "Hansel and Gretel."

The show is set for the main stage of the Purchase College Performing Arts Center at 735 Anderson Hill Road in Purchase from Nov. 15 to 17, according to a press release. Hansel and Gretel features music composed by Engelbert Humperdinck and "the production is fully staged with lavish sets and costumes," according to the release.

"Purchase opera students will bring their exceptional vocal and acting skills to the production, which features accompaniment by the Purchase Symphony Orchestra," representatives said in the release.

Performances of the German version of the opera (with English subtitles) will run at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 15 and 16 with a matinee at 2 p.m., Nov. 17, according to the release. An abbreviated version of the show in English for children from Westchester and Fairfield counties is set to run on Nov. 13, 14 and 15, according to the release.

“Our approach to this opera is unique — with a dash of absurdity in the witches’ role — designed to appeal to the child in all of us,” Jacque Trussel, stage director and chair, Department of Opera Performances / Vocal Studies, said in the press release. “It’s an ideal introduction to opera for young people and a perennial favorite of seasoned opera fans.”

For more information on Hansel and Gretel or to order tickets, residents are asked to visit the Purchase College Performing Arts Center website or call 914-251-6200.

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