"Twist has outdone even himself with a femme fatale Witch, a 12 foot swivel-hipped diva in flaming red directly from the grandest of operas." - Opera Today

Comissioned by The Houston Grand Opera and The Atlanta Opera. This collaboration between singers and puppets breathes new life into Humperdink’s retelling of one of Grimm’s most famous fairy tales. A completely original star is born through Twist’s design of an “extended opera singer,” a 12’ swivel hipped femme fatale Witch. An impressive stage illusion is created between Hansel & Gretel, the parents and the larger than life Witch. 14 Angels, a sandman, a dew fairy and entire league of gingerbread children also delight.



production Credits

Directed by Basil Twist, Sets, Costumes & Puppetry Designed by Basil Twist, Librettist: Adelheid Wette, Lighting by Gordon W. Olson, Conductor, Kathleen Kelly, Chorus Master Karen Reeves, English Translation, Cori Ellison, Assistant Director, Kim Prescott, Technical Director, Greg Weber.

“The Witch” built in collaboration with The Jim Henson Company
A co-production with Atlanta Opera

Cast: Fiona Murphy, Rebekah Camm, Liam Bonner, Jennifer Root, Ryan McKinny, Albina Shagimuratova, Maria Markina, Alicia Gianni
Featuring puppeteers: Kevin Taylor, Kate Brehm, Jessica Scott, Oliver Dalzell, Jenny Campbell, Joel Orr, Park Coffeld, Eric Doz