Hansel and Gretel
Two naughty schoolchildren, a wicked witch with a tasty house and a chorus of gingerbread children - NI Opera's critically-acclaimed production of Hansel and Gretel at the Gaiety is a treat for the whole family!
“Lively, funny and provocatively gruesome” – The Sunday Times
“A feisty staging of Humperdinck’s opera…Northern Ireland Opera continues to punch above its weight” – The Independent on Sunday
“There’s a real buzz and sense of purpose about what this company is doing” – The Guardian
First performed in Belfast in 2011, NI Opera’s acclaimed production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s classic opera comes to Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre for three performances in November.
Based on the famous Brothers Grimm fairytale, the opera tells the story of two children who go into the mysterious woods to hunt for strawberries, but find more than they could possibly have imagined. Featuring the two naughty schoolchildren and their harassed parents, a mysterious Sandman and a beautiful Dew Fairy, a cast of gingerbread children and a wicked witch with the tastiest of houses, Hansel and Gretel will thrill children and adults alike.
David Brophy conducts the RTÉ Concert Orchestra for this rollercoaster-ride of a show, while director Oliver Mears brings the enchanting fairytale opera to life. The production features internationally-acclaimed tenor Graham Clark as the Witch, with rising Irish stars Niamh Kelly as Hansel and Kim Sheehan as Gretel. Doreen Curran sings the role of their Mother, with Paul Carey Jones as the Father, Rebekah Coffey as Sandman and Laura Sheerin as the Dew Fairy.
Ever since its first performance in December 1893, Hansel and Gretel has been associated with Christmas, so why not start this year’s festive season in style with a family opera full of great music, world-class singing, and plenty of fun!
Award-winning NI Opera (Irish Times Theatre Award winner for Best Opera, 2011) was formed in 2010 with a mission to bring the highest quality opera to the widest possible audience. Hansel and Gretel will be NI Opera’s first production in the Republic of Ireland, and we would like to thank the Arts Council of Ireland and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for their support in helping to bring Hansel and Gretel to Dublin.