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2014 Season


March 21, 2014

MetroWest Opera presents Hansel and Gretel in Newton, April 10-12


Newton, MA—MetroWest Opera, the premiere presenter of opera in the MetroWest region, makes its Newton debut next month with Engelbert Humperdinck’s 19th century masterpiece, Hansel and Gretel. The company, previously based in Weston, will mount a full-scale, staged production with orchestra at the First Baptist Church in Newton Center.

Hansel and Gretel (Hansel ünd Gretel) was composed between 1891 and 1892, and remains the best-known work of Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921). The opera received its premiere in Weimar in 1893, conducted by Richard Strauss, with its first American performance in New York two years later.

Staying true to its mission to provide performance opportunities to emerging young artists, the opera is double cast and primarily features singers from the Greater Boston area. Leading the ensemble is conductor Sean Newhouse, who received critical praise earlier this year after his debut with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Newhouse has previously served as Assistant Conductor with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and prior to that as Associate Conductor with the Indianapolis Symphony. Equally at home with operatic repertoire, he has held positions on the music staff of both the Glimerglass Opera and Boston Lyric Opera. International engagements have included appearances with the Vancouver Symphony, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, and the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz.

MetroWest Opera will present four performances of Hansel and Gretel, in English, April 10-12, with matinee and evening performances on April 12. Tickets start at $30 general admission/$25 for students and seniors, and are available for purchase online at

About MetroWest Opera

MetroWest opera was founded in 2007 by soprano Dana Schnitzer. Currently in its seventh season, MetroWest Opera provides quality performance opportunities for emerging opera singers, while enriching the arts community in the MetroWest region. In addition to its annual opera productions, the company is also the host of a regional opera competition, currently in its fourth season.

For more information, contact:

Dana L. Schnitzer, Artistic Director