Family-Friendly Christmas Fairy Tale, "Hansel and Gretel" Performed by Opera Mariposa's Award-Winning Emerging Artists

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Award-winners from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and more star in an English-language production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s beloved fairy tale opera 'Hansel and Gretel,' with performances through Dec. 20. Tickets on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets.

The well-known fairy tale, "Hansel and Gretel" will be performed on several Vancouver and Richmond stages by award-winning emerging artists from Opera Mariposa, through Dec. 20.

'Hansel and Gretel' is the perfect family-friendly show. It's ... the best opera ... to introduce children to the art form, by virtue of its familiar plot, catchy melodies, and hilarious stage antics.

Opera Mariposa, an acclaimed company for emerging artists, will celebrate the holiday season by presenting the classic Christmas opera 'Hansel and Gretel.' The English-language production, touring Vancouver and Richmond December 7-20, will star acclaimed, multi-award-winning emerging artists from across North America. Tickets start at $15 and are available at or from Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006.

'Hansel and Gretel' is a well-known fairy tale opera by German composer Engelbert Humperdinck. Premiering in 1893 to instant and overwhelming popularity, the work has proven to be an enduring favourite with audiences, and it is traditionally staged around Christmastime. Opera Mariposa will perform the opera in English to make it even more accessible, and the production will be directed by critically acclaimed stage director Robin Eder-Warren.

"'Hansel and Gretel' is the perfect family-friendly show," says Eder-Warren, who is also Opera Mariposa's managing director. "It's often described as the best opera with which to introduce children to the art form, by virtue of its familiar plot, catchy melodies, and hilarious stage antics. At the same time, its gorgeous music makes it a favourite among opera connoisseurs, so it's really the ideal choice for Opera Mariposa's first-ever touring production."

'Hansel and Gretel' will feature mezzo-soprano Amber Rose Johnson as Hansel and sopranos Claire McLaughlin and Serena Eduljee as Gretel - the latter of whom has won prestigious awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the National Association of Teachers of Singing Annual Competition and more. Other notable emerging artists include multi-award-winning soprano Katrina Goh, multi-award-winning soprano Jacqueline Ko, and acclaimed soprano Stephanie Mile, who performed as a soloist with multi-platinum artist Josh Groban in his 'Straight to You' tour in 2012.

'Hansel and Gretel' by Engelbert Humperdinck - December 7-20, 2014
Tickets $22 | $18 students & seniors | $15 family pricing (groups of 4+) at the door, at or from Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006


Sunday, December 7 at 3:30 pm - free preview performance in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library
Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch - Alice McKay Room (350 W. Georgia St. Vancouver)

Thursday, December 11 at 7:30 pm
Vancouver Academy of Music - Mary Olson Hall (1270 Chestnut St. Vancouver)

Saturday, December 13 at 2:00 pm
Richmond Cultural Centre Performance Hall (7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond)

Saturday, December 20 at 7:30 pm
Marpole United Church (1296 W. 67th Ave, Vancouver)

The show in brief: Opera Mariposa presents a magical new production of Engelbert Humperdinck's beloved Christmas opera Hansel and Gretel. Featuring acclaimed and multi-award-winning emerging performers from across North America, you won't want to miss the memorable music and hilarious stage antics of this scrumptious musical fairy tale, which offers fun for the whole family.

About Opera Mariposa: Opera Mariposa is a critically acclaimed opera company run by young artists, for young artists. Now in their third season, the Vancouver, BC-based company is dedicated to creating a stage for emerging talent, showcasing North America's most promising performers in a diverse program of gala concerts, original shows and fully staged opera productions. The Vancouver Project recently declared that "Opera Mariposa stands at the forefront of Vancouver's opera scene," and Mariposa's productions have been hailed as "a stroke of genius" (The Voice) for their ability to engage both dedicated opera lovers and new audiences. Learn more at

EDITOR’S NOTE: High-resolution photos are available. If you would like to schedule an interview with the performers, email Robin Eder-Warren at or call her at 778-918-9498. Opera Mariposa artists are also available to perform in-studio, as a way to provide you with a unique angle for covering Opera Mariposa's touring Christmas opera Hansel and Gretel.

Media contact: Robin Eder-Warren (Managing Director, Opera Mariposa)
778-918-9498 ▪ operamariposa(at)gmail(dot)com ▪

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