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
Production shots Patrick Redmond
"There is flamboyance, playfulness and imagination, all enthusiastically generated by Theatre Lovett, coproducers with INO and the Abbey... a really worthwhile cross-company venture"
The Irish Times
"This clever co-production by Irish National Opera, the Abbey Theatre and Theatre Lovett encapsulates the objectives of all three institutions: musical ambition, a national vision and inventive cross-generational entertainment"
"Co-production with the Irish National Opera and Theatre Lovett - both of them dynamic and at the top of their game...utterly delightful production which will tour nationally, and should not be missed"
"Hansel and Gretel is an opera for a modern and changing Ireland. ‘The Witch’s Ride’ is another triumph, seamlessly drawing together Humperdinck’s ominous themes with deliciously Gothic scene transitions. It reminds us, starkly, that it isn’t witches that we need to worry about swallowing up our children—it’s a society that’s all too happy to look the other way. It’s a call-to-action, a proclamation that in a world where a child’s conception of paradise is simply to have safety and security"