• February - March 2020
  • Nationwide Tour

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



Cast & Creatives


Hansel Raphaela Mangan
Gretel Amy Ní Fhearraigh
Mother Miriam Murphy
Father Ben McAteer
Witch Carolyn Dobbin
Sandman & Dew Fairy Emma Nash
The Night Watchman Raymond Keane
Lost Children Amelie Metcalfe Ronan Millar

Creative Team

Conductor Richard Peirson
Directors Muireann Ahern & Louis Lovett
Set & Costume Designer Jamie Vartan
Lighting Designer Sarah-Jane Shiels
Video Designer Jack Phelan
Irish National Opera Ensemble