Music In our Lives Nick Morehouse Opera Hansel and Gretel In the Engelbert Humperdinck's opera Hansel and Gretel the are only seven important characters. The main characters are Hansel, Gretel, and the witch.
The children, Hansel and Gretel are told to go into the woods and gather strawberries because the greatly angered their mother because they were horsing around in their house. The children walk for a while and eventually come across the witch's house, which is a gingerbread house. The witch casts a spell on them and makes them her slaves. Gretel is ordered to put her brother in the witch's oven. This is a special oven because it changes the kids into gingerbread. Gretel plays dumb like she doesn't know how to look in the stove and when the witch shows her the kids shove the witch in the stove. When the witch is killed the house collapses and children appear all over where the house used to be.
A short time later their parents arrived and everyone was happy. Two boys pulled out the remains of the oven and inside was a gingerbread cake in the shape of the witch.
The opera only varied a little from the children's story of Hansel and Gretel. It was different in the fact that the father was a woodsman in the first and a broom maker in the second.