Hansel and Gretel

Mid Wales Opera

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Mid Wales Opera presents:
Hansel and Gretel, sung in English

Mid Wales Opera’s Fairy Tales season culminates in a new production of Humperdinck’s late nineteenth century classic Hansel and Gretel. Based on the Brothers Grimm’s fairytale, two children are banished to the enchanted woods by their hungry, frustrated parents. There, they wander into the clutches of a wicked witch determined to fatten them up and turn them into gingerbread, only to be outwitted at the last moment.

Humperdinck’s most important work has been a mainstay of opera houses worldwide since its premiere in 1893. It occupies a unique sound world, full of rich lyricism and a melodic appeal that ties the music directly to folksong, within which the children’s adventures are brought vividly to life.

This new production is sung in English with a cast of young professional singers, together with a chorus of children assembled locally for each theatre. Humperdinck’s miraculous score, performed by MWO’s partner orchestra Ensemble Cymru, is given a specially-created new orchestration by MWO’s Music Director Jonathan Lyness.

Music by Engelbert Humperdinck
Libretto by Adelheid Wette, after the Grimm brothers’ Fairy Tale “Hansel and Gretel”
Reduced Orchestration by Jonathan Lyness
English translation by David Pountney
Director/Designer: Richard Studer
Conductor: Jonathan Lyness