Welsh National Opera: Hansel and Gretel

Welsh National Opera present their take on the fairytale. Richard Jones’s production of Hansel and Gretel opens with an empty plate and an idle knife and fork painted in gigantic scale on the frontcloth in the first of John Macfarlane’s brilliant and disturbing designs. Lothar Koenigs coaxed and caressed the orchestra through the overture, itself a little tone-poem worthy of Humperdinck’s position as not only a successor to Richard Wagner but also as a precursor to Richard Strauss. Koenigs clearly adores this music, and made his passion for it audible throughout the evening.

Thu 27 Dec

Sat 29 Dec