from Act I of the German opera Hänsel und Gretel
by Englebert Humperdinck
Libretto: Adelneid Wette
, Peter's wife, mother of Hänsel und Gretel
Voice Part: mezzo-soprano Fach: lyric mezzo
Setting: The home of Hänsel and Gretel, medieval Germany
Synopsis: Hänsel and Gretel's mother is angry at them and becomes so angry that she accidently knocks a pitcher of milk off the table. Now that they have nothing to eat, she sends the children into the woods to collect berries and when they are gone, she expresses her unhappiness with her current poor life.