Fairy Tales Season

Hansel and Gretel

 MainStages Tour Spring 2023


These dates are all in the past.

Mid Wales Opera’s Fairy Tales season culminates in a new production of Humperdinck’s late nineteenth century classic Hansel and Gretel. Based on the Brothers Grimm’s fairytale, two children are banished to the enchanted woods by their hungry, frustrated parents. There, they wander into the clutches of a wicked witch determined to fatten them up and turn them into gingerbread. With only their cunning to protect them, how will they ever escape the oven?

This new production is sung in English with a cast of young professional singers, together with a chorus of children assembled locally for each theatre. Humperdinck’s miraculous score, performed by MWO’s partner orchestra Ensemble Cymru, is given a specially created new reduced orchestration by MWO’s Music Director Jonathan Lyness.

Sung in English

Sat 4 MarchHafren, Newtown
Thu 9 MarchPontio, Bangor
Tue 21 MarchFfwrnes, Llanelli
Thu 23 MarchThe Riverfront, Newport [with BSL interpretation by Julie Doyle]

David Truslove, Opera Today

“Now on tour across Wales until March 23rd, this show will charm and captivate … Mid Wales Opera has done it again and delivered a corker of a production.”

operatoday.com – read full review

Music: Engelbert Humperdinck
Reduced Orchestration: Jonathan Lyness
Libretto: Adelheid Wette
Based on the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale Hansel and Gretel
English Translation: David Pountney

Conductor: Jonathan Lyness
Orchestra: Ensemble Cymru
Director/Designer: Richard Studer



Hansel – Charlotte Badham
Gretel – Alys Mererid Roberts
Father – Philip Smith
Mother/Witch – Rebecca Afonwy-Jones
Dew Fairy – Siân Roberts
Sandman – Beca Davies


Acts 1 and 2: 60 mins
Act 3: 40 mins



Richard Bratby, The Arts Desk

“if there’s one thing that this company does supremely well, it’s putting on an entertaining show….If you’re in the business of taking opera to Abermule and Llandinam, you either give your public a great night out or you fold.”

theartsdesk.com – read the full review

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