Hansel and Gretel Engelbert Humperdinck



Based on the Grimms’ fairy tale, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel is both wonderfully unsettling and moving, a story of poverty, magic and triumph over adversity. Director Bill Bankes-Jones (Artistic Director of Tête à Tête) takes the opera back to its roots, revealing a macabre tale full of psychological depth and enchantment.


Hansel and Gretel are getting under their mother’s feet and, at the end of her tether, she sends them into the woods to collect strawberries. As darkness falls, they realise they are lost. Terrified, they spend the night on the forest floor. Next morning, to their amazement, they discover a house made of gingerbread and are soon helping themselves, unaware that they are falling straight into a trap set by the fabled Wicked Witch…


Humperdinck’s rich score encompasses everything from luscious Wagnerian-inspired orchestration to touching tunes derived from traditional folk melodies. Kai Rüütel, a recent graduate of the Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, sings Hansel, and Irish soprano Ailish Tynan is Gretel, fresh from singing the role at Covent Garden. Leah-Marian Jones (Marcellina in 2010’s The Marriage of Figaro) is the Witch.


New translation by Bill Bankes-Jones. 


Hansel and Gretel was performed at:


Theatre Royal Glasgow

Sat 4 Feb 2012

Wed 8 Feb 2012

Fri 10 Feb 2012

Sun 12 Feb 2012

Hansel and Gretel Unwrapped - Tue 7 Feb 2012


Festival Theatre Edinburgh

Tue 14 Feb 2012

Thu 16 Feb 2012

Sat 18 Feb 2012

Hansel and Gretel Unwrapped - Wed 15 Feb 2012

Sung in English with English supertitles Running time approximately 2 hours