Engelbert Humperdinck’s classic opera “Hänsel und Gretel” returns to the stage of the Royal Opera House in December 2010, allowing audiences to witness the classic tale unfold. The story is a well known one, first popularised by the Brothers Grimm fairytale and then presented in this magnificent form, and will be a welcome addition to the Royal Opera’s winter season. With a dark and disturbing plot, plus memorable characters and settings, “Hänsel und Gretel” is likely to be a worthy Christmas show.
The tale of “Hänsel und Gretel” focuses on two children – the title characters – and their adventure following terrible circumstances at home. Living in a house in the woods alongside their woodcutter father and their stepmother, times have proven to be tough as a famine threatens the lives of those in the land. So their stepmother decides to abandon the children in the desperate attempt to seal her and her husband’s survival – much to the father’s astonishment. Eventually, Hansel and Gretel are lost in the woods and on their attempts to find a way home happen upon a house made of gingerbread, where a cannibalistic witch attempts to lure them in and eat them. Time will tell if Hansel and Gretel can make it out alive.
The production is set to be directed by the team of Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier with the title roles portrayed by Christine Rice and Ailish Tynan respectively. Rice is a renowned performer who has previously appeared in the role of Carmen for the Royal Opera House, in addition to various acclaimed roles around the continent. Her talents have also seen her appear on various stages throughout the UK and she is likely to bring a wealth of experience to the role of Hänsel when she steps into the role in December.
The result is certain to be an unmissable show, with “Hänsel und Gretel” proving to be a timeless classic – as enjoyable today as it was when it first premiered in Weimar in 1893. Over the last century it has been performed worldwide and become one of best known works of Humperdinck, with a lasting legacy that will see it remembered well into the future.
Hänsel und Gretel makes its appearance at the Royal Opera House from Thursday 23rd December 2010 to Friday 7th January 2011.
|Booking From:||Thursday, 23rd December 2010|
|Booking Until:||Friday, 7th January 2011|
|Running Time:||2 hours 25 minutes|
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