"Hansel and Gretel" Lighted Gingerbread House
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Hansel and Gretel Lighted Gingerbread House
Fashioned after a real gingerbread house trimmed in holiday candies and snowy white icing, this festive tabletop display glows from within with the use of a bulb.
Measuring 12” high, the fanciful house sits on a round base decorated with white scalloped edges and features a steep, sloped roof iced in glistening white. Swirling red and white peppermint canes adorn the exterior, while shorter ones with snowball finials serve as fence posts for a charming gingerbread fence. Santa nestled in the chimney above and a cheerful snowman below lend a touch of nostalgia.
These elaborate, cookie-walled houses made of bread with sugar decorations originated in 16th-century Germany. Gingerbread houses
are traditionally associated with the Grimm's fairy-tale, "Hansel and Gretel” and remain a Christmas favorite today.
Reflective of the witch’s surreal gingerbread house, where Hansel and Gretel narrowly escape their demise in the Met’s 2017–18 much-loved production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s 19th century fairy-tale opera, Hansel and Gretel.
Makes an ideal holiday display.
- Artificial gingerbread, icing and candies
- 12” H
- C7 UL cord
- Bulb included
- Not edible
Hansel and Gretel
Hansel and Gretel (German: Hänsel und Gretel) is an opera by 19th century German composer, Engelbert Humperdinck, who described it as a Märchenoper or fairy-tale opera based on the Grimm brothers’ story by the same title.
The familiar tale begins in the broom-maker’s house, where the children are sent by their mother into the forest in search of strawberries and lose their way until they find a gingerbread house and encounter a witch, who they shove into an oven intended for them. Mother and father find the children.
In the Met’s darkly comic production designed with colorful, food-themed sets, the dark forest where the children become lost is a mysterious banquet hall and they are attended to by 14 strange chefs in the end rather than angels.
Humperdinck’s opera is much admired for its folk music-inspired themes, one of the most famous being "Abendsegen" ("Evening Benediction") from Act 2. This well-known work has been associated with Christmas since its earliest performances and today it is still most often performed at Christmas time.
In English-speaking countries Hansel and Gretel is usually presented in English. Since 2007, the Met has performed the work as it was originally created for the Welsh National Opera using David Pountney’s translation. Previously, it was produced in a translation by Norman Kelley written for the Metropolitan Opera’s 1967 production.
Hansel and Gretel received its world premiere at the Hoftheater in Weimar on December 23, 1893, conducted by Richard Strauss. It was first seen in New York on October 8,1895. Most recently, the opera was staged during the Met’s 2017–18 season.
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