Hänsel and Gretel - opera archive
The forest is a dark place, as Hansel and Gretel discover when they venture out to find dinner and end up as potential dessert themselves. It might be a fairy tale but Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera presents the haunting themes of the unsettling Grimm story with enchanting music that has earned it the status of one of the most loved operas in the repertoire.
Susan Bullock, who has sung Wagner the world over, returned to the Theatre in the Woods to play the witch.
Composer: Engelbert Humperdinck
Libretto: Based on the Grimm brothers’ fairy tale and written by Adelheid Wette, Humperdinck’s sister.
First performed: Hoftheater, Weimar, 23 December 1893 conducted by Richard Strauss. The opera opened in London at Christmas of the following year and has remained a seasonal classic throughout Europe.
Sung in German with surtitles
With the orchestra of English National Opera
Conductor: George Jackson
Director: Stephen Medcalf
Designer: Yannis Thavoris
Lighting design: Jason Taylor
Hansel: Caitlin Hulcup
Gretel: Soraya Mafi
Witch / Mother: Susan Bullock
Father: William Dazeley
Dew Fairy: Lizzie Holmes
Sandman: Eleanor Sanderson-Nash