Hansel and Gretel
Trouble at home. Two hungry children lost in a haunted forest. The lure of a gingerbread house. The frightening hocus pocus of the predatory Witch. And the smarts of the children who triumph in the end. All wrapped up in the delicious sound world of Engelbert Humperdinck’s operatic masterpiece.
Sung in English with English surtitles.
One of the greatest operas about children. Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel is full of music that is sweet and beguiling, and it combines childlike simplicity with heart aching beauty. He wanted a plot that “was not made up of murders, brutal deaths, operetta- like nonsense, or sugar-sweet fairy tales.” Do not be fooled. This is a story of greed and starvation, mouth-wateringly sugar-coated.
“it’s the first work that has impressed me for a very long time.” - Composer Richard Strauss
“one of the sweetest yet most lushly captivating scores in the entire operatic repertory” - New York Times
“a voice so large, so effortless seeming, so distinctive that once she opens her mouth it’s as if you’re pinned to your seat” - The Irish Times on Miriam Murphy
“a natural stage performer, gifted with a fine soprano voice...” - Goldenplec on Amy Ní Fhearraigh
A CO-PRODUCTION WITH THEATRE LOVETT AND ABBEY THEATRE
Cast & Creatives
|Gretel||Amy Ní Fhearraigh|
|Sandman & Dew Fairy||Emma Nash|
|The Night Watchman||Raymond Keane|
|Lost Children||Amelie Metcalfe||Ronan Millar|
|Directors||Muireann Ahern & Louis Lovett|
|Set & Costume Designer||Jamie Vartan|
|Lighting Designer||Sarah-Jane Shiels|
|Video Designer||Jack Phelan|
|Irish National Opera Ensemble|