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. Semi-Staged. Sung in EnglishPerformers Peter Hoare (Witch), Christopher Purves (Father), Julianne Young (Hansel), Jeni Bern (Gretel), Sarah Pring (Gertrude).
Music Humperdink. Lyrics Adelheid Wette. Company Opera North. Conductor Richard Farnes. Director John Fulljames. Translation David Pountney. Design Soutra Gilmour. Costume Soutra Gilmour. Lighting Bruno Poet.