Hansel and Gretel

Thursday 14 - Saturday 16 December, 2023

Explore the magic of Hansel and Gretel

Join OneRen this festive season for Engelbert Humperdinck’s classic fairy tale Hansel and Gretel. 

Dive into the world of Hansel and Gretel, one of magic, fireflies, and fairies. Watch it come to life through Humperdinck’s lush and majestic music, which has something for every listener – from the beautiful ‘Evening Prayer’ to enchanting folk-inspired melodies. The cast, children’s chorus and The Orchestra of Scottish Opera come together on stage to tell the story of Hansel and Gretel’s grand adventure deep in the enchanted forest where not everything is as it seems. The young pair will need every ounce of courage, cleverness, and hope if they’re to escape the lure of the Witch and her gingerbread hut.

Two perfomances, 14 Dec 2023 at 19:15 / 16 Dec 2023 at 15:00

Conducted by Stuart Stratford with concert staging by Roxana Haines (Rubble 2022 and Così fan tutte 2021), with a cast that celebrates Scottish Opera Emerging and Associate Artists past and present. Lea Shaw (Carmen 2023) and Catriona Hewitson lead as Hansel and Gretel, with Heather Ireson (Il trittico 2023) in the dual role of the Mother and the Witch. Ross Cumming and Inna Husieva round out the cast as the Father and the Dew Fairy/the Sandman respectively.

Cast & Creatives 

  • Conductor: Stuart Stratford
  • Chorus Director: Susannah Wapshott
  • Concert Staging: Roxana Haines
  • English Translation: David Pountney
  • Hansel: Lea Shaw
  • Gretel: Catriona Hewitson
  • Peter(Father): Ross Cumming
  • Gertrude (Mother) & The Witch: Heather Ireson
  • Sandman / Dew Fairy: Inna Husieva

Running time approx. 2 hour and 15 minutes, including 20-minute interval Sung in English. English translation by David Pountney


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