What better Christmas treat for everyone than one of the most famous of all fairytales and one of the most richly tuneful of all operas.
The Royal Opera brings back to the stage the beautiful and delightful production by the favourite directing team of Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier. Charles Mackerras and Rory Macdonald conduct a score that is packed with delights - the instantly memorable songs of the children, the atmospheric forest sounds, and the wonderful lilting waltz when Hansel and Gretel discover the gingerbread house. And then there's the wicked witch, with a kitchen that's maybe a bit scary for some of the youngest family members - after all, she does bake children into biscuits! But the ending is happy and the music triumphant, especially when sung by a charismatic cast to bring all the fun of the characters to life.
Hansel and Gretel is a great way for everyone to enjoy the special thrill and charm of opera in live performance - whether for a seasonal family outing or the discovery of a classic work that has so much contemporary appeal.
Sung in German with English surtitles.
|Evenings: Various Times|
|Theatre Venue:||Royal Opera House|
|Address:||Denman Street, London W1D 7DY|
|Seating Plan:||Seating Plan|
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The Royal Opera House is an opera house and major performing arts venue in the London district of Covent Garden. The large building is often referred to as simply "Covent Garden", after a previous use of the site of the opera house's original construction in 1732. It is the home of The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Originally called the Theatre Royal, it served primarily as a playhouse for the first hundred years of its history. In 1734, the first ballet was presented. A year later Handel's first season of operas began. Many of his operas and oratorios were specifically written for Covent Garden and had their premieres there.
The current building is the third theatre on the site following disastrous fires in 1808 and 1857. The façade, foyer and auditorium date from 1858, but almost every other element of the present complex dates from an extensive reconstruction in the 1990s. The Royal Opera House seats 2,268 people and consists of four tiers of boxes and balconies and the amphitheatre gallery. The proscenium is 12.20 m wide and 14.80 m high. The main auditorium is a Grade 1 listed building.