Lyric Opera of Chicago Presents Hansel and Gretel in the Park

May 17, 2021
Hansel and Gretel in the Park Lyric Opera Chicago

As a part of Lyric Opera of Chicago's ongoing reimagined season, the company announced a set of all-new free, live performances, presented in partnership with the Chicago Park District and the Greater Chicago Food Depository - Hansel & Gretel in the Park. This early-summer series of outdoor performances at North Park Village Nature Center brings a fresh, hour-long staging of Engelbert Humperdinck's opera and the beloved fairytale story to life through the eyes of the title characters.

The original production is conceived and directed by Matthew Ozawa, with new scenic and costume designs created by Lyric's wardrobe, wig and makeup director, Scott Marr. The music is arranged by Simon Bruckard with English translation by Sir David Pountney. This familiar story, set to beautiful music and performed outdoors, is the perfect introduction to opera for families with kids of all ages. Rather than using a fixed stage, this production has each scene taking place in a different location within the park.

Hansel & Gretel in the Park will feature members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Lyric Opera Chorus, with performances at 4:00 pm, 5:15 pm, and 6:30 pm CT on May 27 and 28, June 3, 4, 5, 17, and 18 at North Park Village Nature Center (5801 N. Pulaski Rd., Chicago)

The three performances per date of Hansel & Gretel in the Park will each have a capacity of twenty-five (25) attendees, adhering to current city and state health and safety restrictions and guidelines. During the performances, audience members will be masked and will move with the performers through the park with the performers. Tickets are free, and must be reserved in advance. Children of all ages must have a ticket due to public health and capacity considerations. Ticket reservations are available at or by calling 312.827.5600.