Humperdinck’s opera ‘Hansel and Gretel’ given by Opera North
On Thursday March 2nd a group of Year 6 children went to the Theatre Royal in Newcastle to see a performance of the opera Hansel and Gretel. The orchestra and cast of Opera North were meticulous in their delivery and the modern setting made for an interesting spectacle; the lighting effects being particularly successful. The music, by the German composer Engelbert Humperdinck, was colourful, making full use of the 60-piece orchestra, and it was easy to see why the opera has enjoyed great success. The opening, with its reference to the evocative Evening Prayer, set a tranquil scene, and then Humperdinck combined some well-known folk melodies with subtle Wagnerian effects to perfectly capture the changing mood throughout the story. This was a wonderful introduction to the world of opera for many of the children, hopefully the first of many visits in the future.
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