CRAFT: Celebrate the Season
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We’re giving away two sets of tickets for the Thursday, Dec. 17th showing of Hansel and Gretel at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City at 7 p.m.!
Our readers living in the New York area, or visiting there for the holidays, are invited to leave a comment below and we’ll randomly pick two winners this Friday at noon. Hansel and Gretel is part of the Met Opera’s annual series of English-language holiday presentations for families. This production is a “fanciful vision of the beloved fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm,” composed by Engelbert Humperdinck. The costumes and sets look amazing, with giant, over-sized tables. a band of pig-faced chefs, and men dressed as trees.
Happy Holidays! To enter, just leave a comment in this post and tell us why you need these tickets. Please make sure you include your email address in the comment form field (won’t be published). All comments will be closed by Noon PST on Friday, Dec. 11th. The lucky winners will be announced next week on the site. Good luck!

122 thoughts on “Win Tix to See Hansel and Gretel at the Met Opera in NYC

  1. I could use these tickets as an awesome gift for my sister. She lives for theatre-type things, and this would be a great and unexpected thrill!

  2. What a cool experience this would be for me and my son to see a show in the city!!! I have been to see a number of performances, but he hasn’t yet.

  3. Being able to see Hansel and Gretal would be an awesome experience. My husband and I have lived in NYC for 4yrs, now. And have never been able to attend any kind if theatre event, and being being able to see it at The Met Opera, would be extra special!!!

  4. i’ve lived in nyc going on 7 years and have never seen a show at the met opera! much less ever seen an opera. pick me pick meee!

  5. I would love these tickets. It would be a lovely way to spend a cold night (I’m not a fan of NYC winters). Pick me!

  6. My fiance moved from NYC to go with me to the South (super guy, right?), but we are back in the area and would love a reason to get to the city!

  7. I wasn’t terribly interested until I saw the image you posted. It’s so visually stimulating! Now I HAVE to go see it!

  8. My mom used to take me to the Children’s Theater in Minneapolis, and Hansel and Gretel was the first play I saw. I got a new blue dress with tulips on it, and was so excited I could barely sit still. I remember their staging vividly, especially the part where they shoved the witch into the fire. It was the most exciting moment of my young life; I even named my dolly Gretel. I would love to see it as an opera!

  9. I’m a former college opera singer. I have not been to an opera since I got married 15 years ago because my husband doesn’t care for it.
    I have been to Met one time and only got as far as the gift shop. Please Please pick me!

  10. I would love these tickets! I have lived in NYC for 6 years and have yet to attend an opera or even step inside the MET.

  11. Okay, here is why I should win: I’ve been hearing all about this production from friends and I’ve heard they use REAL FOOD every night. A bakery supplies a fresh batch of confectionary treats for each performance, which I guess gets devoured in a giant mess…but I wouldn’t really know since I’ve never been. But I could report back on the food masacre if I won tix…

  12. I’d love to win these! I need a jump-start to get in the Christmas spirit – all the rain has just been annoying!!

  13. I actually just saw commercials for the show last night for the first time and was considering trying to find cheap tix. FREE tix would be so much better :) The set and concept look unique and who doesn’t love Engelbert Humperdink?!

  14. I’d love to give my kids the opportunity to go to the Met… we live in NY area but maybe leaving for good in a few months… so many wonderful shows, so little money!

  15. I would love to go! In college I performed in a number of operas and now can’t afford to even go see one! The Met is the best.

  16. I would love to take my best friend to the opera, she has never been. Tickets are far too expensive for us at the moments and it would be a great surprise to lighten her mood!

  17. Well, I’d be hard-pressed to claim I “need” these tickets, but gosh, I’d love them! I am working furiously on chapter 2 of my dissertation and as soon as I finish this week, I am off to NYC for a well-deserved reward. It would be an even-better reward to see this incredible production and would really help me get in the holiday mood — to shift my brain from diss to dat. (ha, good one!)

  18. I love Hansel and Gretel! I have a degree in theatre, but have yet to see a great show here! Oh even from the still it looks amazing!

  19. Going to the opera is on my “New Years Resolution List” for 2010! I could scratch it off before 2010 even starts!
    I had no idea Hansel and Gretel was even being peformed…now I’m 10x more excited!

  20. If I won, I’d give the tickets to my friend Lisa who just moved to NYC last month. She’s still learning her way around the city and I’m sure she’d really enjoy going to this.

  21. Today in NYC we are experiencing the heaviest rain in ages… and half my windows are leaking. I’m trying to come up with an ubercrafty way to stop the leaks (I welcome suggestions!), but in the meantime, could I catch a break–and have a nice night at the opera?

  22. I have lived in New York for three years and have plans to leave in April. I have never been to the Met and I fear I may never go! I would love to finally attend a show there, and this one looks spectacular!!

  23. I’m stuck in school in Connecticut until December 23 (because my last final isn’t until the evening of December 22). I NEED an excuse to take a break from finals and go down to NYC, even if I have a final on the 18th. I would love to take a bus down and maybe even meet my mom there so I can have some pre-holiday time, since I haven’t seen her in far too long. Hansel and Gretel is a favorite childhood story of mine, and seeing this show would be amazing because I have never been to the MET or an opera.

  24. I would love to win these tix! I’ll be visiting my wife’s folks in Stroudsburg, PA before Christmas. They think I’m an un-cultured-westcoast-surfer-imbicile-dude-bro. I saw wicked out here in Portland, and love the theatre. It would blow their snooty socks off to take them, and my wife to see the show. Thanks!

  25. these would make a super awesome special precursor Christmas gift for my little sis in Brooklyn who I’m too poor to visit for the holidays and who’s acting like it’s no big deal to spend Christmas alone!

  26. these would make a super awesome special precursor Christmas gift for my little sis in Brooklyn who I’m too poor to visit for the holidays and who’s acting like it’s no big deal to spend Christmas alone!

  27. Oh Oh pick me! My husband and I are visiting the city to celebrate my birthday. We are coming from Gainesville, FL and don’t have anything like this here at home. Since this is my husband’s first time in NYC we are looking to do something really different.

  28. No need to pick me, I live a long long way from New York and have no intention of getting there any time soon. I had to comment though because the Chefs look like someone from Pink Floyd’s “The Wall,” so much that it is freaking me out. Anyone else see it?

  29. This would be such a fun surprise and adventure for my fiance and I! We’re a month away from the wedding and in the midst of much stress and planning.

  30. You’re right, I see it! I kept thinking they looked familiar somehow, but I assumed it was from some old fairy tale book or something. Creepy, for sure!

  31. My favorite tree ornament is a painted pewter scene of Hansel & Gretel approaching the candy cottage with the witch waiting for them. LOVE this ornament, and I think I’ll love this performance even more. Make my Christmas!

  32. I am going home for Christmas from University and I know my family would love to see this show, and so would I.
    We live in New York, but have never been able to afford to have the whole family go to a large production. Plus, that day is my sister’s birthday!

  33. Unfortunately for my children, ages 4 and 6, they are currently entranced by a very poor revisionist story of Hansel and Gretel in a book that is produced by a major children’s television show focusing on literacy. Don’t get me wrong; I love public t.v. I love shows that encourage kids to read. And, I love fairy tales. But this book changes the ending of the story so that the kids don’t get gobbled up by grandma, and in the end, as is the trend today with young people, everyone is a winner. By doing so, the story that my children are getting is watered down, pretty bland, and just so far from the truth. It is said that one can find many truths in art, so I imagine that taking them to the Met at this young age would be so eye-opening they wouldn’t know what happened to them. And then hopefully they’d trash the book.
    On a different note, if you’ve seen the movie “Trading Places,” then you would appreciate my eagerness , should we win the tickets, to invoke Dan Akroyd’s so very eloquent pronunciation of the word opera. As Frank Oz busts him for narcotic possession, and he is trying to read the name of the ticket found in his pocket for “La Boheme,” Akroyd replies, in his syllable by snooty syllable “o-p-e-r-a.” I would surely tell my children that we are going to the “o-p-e-r-a.” Here in Da Bronx, we don’t get down to Lincoln Center often, but should we be miracled with tickets, there will be one gingerbread house that’s gonna look mighty tasty to us all.

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