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.

Sung in English

Sat 4 MarchHafren, Newtown
Tue 7 MarchTheatr Clwyd, Mold (on sale soon)
Thu 9 MarchPontio, Bangor (on sale soon)
Sat 11 MarchTheatr Brycheiniog, Brecon (on sale soon)
Tue 14 MarchAberystwyth Arts Centre (on sale soon)
Thu 16 MarchTorch Theatre, Milford Haven (on sale soon)
Sat 18 MarchCourtyard, Hereford (on sale soon)
Tue 21 MarchFfwrnes, Llanelli (on sale soon)
Thu 23 MarchThe Riverfront, Newport [with BSL interpretation by Julie Doyle] (on sale soon)


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


coming soon

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