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

    Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel                    

One of the sweetest yet most lushly captivating scores in the entire operatic repertory’’ New York Times

One of the greatest operas about children. Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretelis 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.

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


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)


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


*Photo Credit Ros Kavanagh


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

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 on Miriam Murphy 

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