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Closed June 14, 2019
Humperdinck learned his art at the feet of Wagner, serving time in Bayreuth. Accordingly, his musical ambitions ran high, with pedigree tunes and, in elevated moments such as the advent of the 14 angels at the end of Act II, a touch of expressive genius.
Late romantic composer Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel gets the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre treatment under the direction of up and coming British theatre director Timothy Sheader this Summer. Continuing the celebrated venue's ongoing relationship with the English National Orchestra (which saw the critically acclaimed run of The Turn Of The Screw in the Summer of 2018), the new production features a thrilling live score as played by a reduced ENO ensemble and conducted by Grand Prix at the 55th Besancon Competition 2017 winner Ben Glassberg.
Based on the delightfully dark Brothers Grimm Fairtytale, Humperdinck's opera is well loved thanks to its verdant, folk-music infused themes, Wagnerian waltzes and far happier overtones. With added new characters of the composer's own devising including The Sandman, Dew Fairy, Angel Chorus and Gingerbread Children, the opera brings the age old tale to vivid life with soaring music and exciting on stage adventure, marking it as a perfect family-friendly outing to the beloved Royal Park.
Previews from: 14 June 2019
Performance date: 14 June 2019
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