When their Mother sends Hansel and Gretel out of the house to look for food, the children quickly find themselves lost in the depths of a dark forest. Finally, almost starving, they find a house made of bread, cakes and sweets. No one's about; in their relief they begin to eat. However, the house is inhabited by a Witch, who hunts children to turn into gingerbread. She captures Hansel and Gretel, and begins to fatten them up, ready for the oven... New Production generously supported by The Jean Sainsbury Royal Opera House Fund. Cast A: Dec 9,12,16,18,21 at 19:30. Dec 14 18:00. Dec 29 13:00. Cast B: Dec 11 at 19:30. Dec 14 14:00 (family performance). Dec 28 19:00. Dec 30, Jan09 1 at 18:00. Running time 2 hours 15 minutes. Sung in German with English surtitles.Performers Angelika Kirchschlager (Hansel - Cast A), Alice Coote (Hansel - Cast B), Diana Damrau (Gretel), Camilla Tilling (Gretel), Anja Silja (Witch), Ann Murray (Witch), Elizabeth Connell (Gertrud), Irmgard Vilsmaier (Gertrud), Thomas Allen (Peter), Eike Wilm Schulte (Peter), Pumeza Matshikiza (Sandman - Cast A/Echo), Eri Nakamura (Sandman - Cast B/Echo), Anita Watson (Dew Fairy - Cast A/Echo), Simona Mihai (Dew Fairy Cast B/Echo).
Music Humperdink. Lyrics Adelheid Wette. Producer Royal Opera. Director Patrice Caurier. Director Moshe Leiser. Design Christian Fenouillat. Costume Agostino Cavalca. Lighting Christopher Forey. Conductor Colin Davis. Conductor Robin Ticciati.