Hansel and Gretel Q&A
with Bridget Cappel and Heather Weirich
We recently sat down with FWO-TCU LesleyArtists Bridget Cappel and Heather Weirich to discuss their roles in Fort Worth Opera's upcoming family opera.
How did you prepare for your upcoming "trouser" role (a young male character sung by a woman) of Hansel?
Bridget Cappel: When I first started to look at Hansel and Gretel, I immediately thought of the relationship that I had with my younger brother when we were children. He had so much creativity and playfulness and could make a game out of anything.
While most of the pants roles I have performed are typically more adolescent or young adult in age and behavior, Hansel is much younger. I've been working to incorporate the fidgety, excited, curious energy of a boy that age in both my mannerisms and my singing. It has been a challenging but fun project to take on and I'm so excited to have the opportunity to debut this role with Fort Worth Opera in November!
Heather Weirich: The only other pants role I have ever played was Oberon in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, which could not be more different from Hansel. Oberon was aggressive, unsympathetic and used any means to manipulate those around him, even if it was just for his own entertainment.
Hansel on the other hand is naive and lets his love of food get him in trouble, although he is kind-hearted and would never mean to harm anyone. Hansel is the first time I have portrayed a boy instead of a man and it has been a fun process.
Published November 14, 2018 by Ryan Lathan