Hansel and Gretel

In review: Hansel & Gretel

We are now into week five of our 2019 festival and each of our operas have received four or five star reviews.

Read a selection of press and audience reactions below.

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The critics

“George Jackson conducted the full ENO orchestra in a magnificent account of the score, sparkling with playful humour in the dialogues and exultantly romantic in the interludes. Caitlin Hulcup and Soraya Mafi were quite simply the most visually plausible Hansel and Gretel I have ever seen. Their singing was perfection.” ★★★★★ The Daily Telegraph

“The acoustics of this endearingly quirky opera house are excellent.” ★★★★★ The Evening Standard

“Humperdinck’s debt to Wagner is inescapable in this score, and George Jackson and the ENO Orchestra draw it out in a way that adds to the music’s stature  ★★★★★ Classical Source

The audience

“The performance was sublime. Caitlin Hulcup and Soraya Mafi were world-class as Hansel and Gretel.”

“Hansel and Gretel is one of my favourite operas and it was a perfect production”

“Hansel and Gretel was excellent. Susan Bullock was outstanding. sublime singing as part of her evil and comic character”.


Susan Bullock (Witch/Mother) and Soraya Mafi (Gretel)

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