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Humperdinck - Hansel and Gretel

Humperdinck - Hansel and Gretel

Irish National Opera / Theatre Lovett / Abbey Theatre

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One of the greatest operas about children, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel is full of music that is sweet and beguiling.

An Irish National Opera / Theatre Lovett / Abbey Theatre co-production.

One of the greatest operas about children. Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel is full of music that is sweet and beguiling, combining 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.

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

CAST

Hansel                               Raphaela Mangan (mezzo soprano)

Gretel                                Amy Ní Fhearraigh (soprano)

Mother                               Miriam Murphy (soprano)

Father                                Ben McAteer (baritone)

Witch                                  Carolyn Dobbin (mezzo-soprano)

Sandman & Dew Fairy       Emma Nash (soprano)

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

Amy Ní Fhearraigh: “A natural stage performer, gifted with a fine soprano voice…”     GoldenPlec

Miriam Murphy: “She’s a singer with 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 by some irresistible hypnotic power.”    The Irish Times

Raphaela Mangan: “…superb lower register contralto tones…”  The Herald (Scotland)

‘One of the sweetest yet most lushly captivating scores in the entire operatic repertory’

New York Times