Fairy Tales Season

Hansel and Gretel

 MainStages Tour Spring 2023

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.

Sat 4 MarchTheatre Hafren, Newtown
Tue 7 MarchTheatr Clwyd, Mold
Thu 9 MarchPontio, Bangor
Sat 11 MarchTheatr Brycheiniog, Brecon
Tue 14 MarchAberystwyth Arts Centre
Thu 16 MarchTorch Theatre, Milford Haven
Sat 18 MarchCourtyard Arts Centre, Hereford
Tue 21 MarchTheatr Ffwrnes, Llanelli
Thu 23 MarchThe Riverfront, Newport


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


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

Creative Team

Jonathan Lyness

Music Director

Richard Studer




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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