Engelbert Humperdinck became famous almost “overnight” in 1893 with his opera Hansel and Gretel. The premiere of the fairy-tale opera, which is still widely performed today, was conducted by the 29-year-old Richard Strauss (who himself wrote 15 operas in total). Within a very short time, Hansel and Gretel was staged at all the world’s major opera houses.
Humperdinck’s later operas lagged behind this great success. Humperdinck, a great admirer of Wagner, wrote many more stage works, especially – as with Hansel and Gretel – fairy-tale operas.
In this list you will find all of Engelbert Humperdinck’s operas, including year and place of premiere.
|Claudine von Villa Bella|
|Hänsel und Gretel||1893, Weimar|
|Die sieben Geislein||1895, Berlin|
|Königskinder||1897, Munich (as melodrama); 1910, New York (as fairy tale opera)|
|Dornröschen||1902, Frankfurt am Main|
|Die Heirat wider Willen||1905, Berlin|
|Bübchens Weihnachtstraum||1906, Berlin|
|Die Marketenderin||1914, Cologne|