Hänsel und Gretel 2013
Your reviews of the 2013 Tour production
This was a very imaginative production and both the children's house and of course the witch's house were wonderfully designed. The witch's ride was hilarious and by far the best staging of it I have ever seen. A delight for all adults young at heart and a great introduction to opera for those young everywhere.
Trevor Stammers 31st October 2013
Sitting just behind the conductor, we were instantly wowed from the off the the orchestra's power and agility. The production was a brilliant Roald-Dahl-esque mix that brings the Grim parts of the fairy tale to the fore and adds a layer of modern life. All the singers were great, but we loved the father and the purity of Gretel. And, of course, the brilliant supermarket update of the gingerbread house - when the fattened children appeared, saved from the witch, and Hansel and Gretel sung "who are they” ... The lady in the row behind whispered ”Americans!" We snorted, but it showed that the production worked. We related to this centuries old tale, even with our modern eyes. Such, perhaps, is the power of this excellent opera production.
Wokling 30th October 2013
Took my mum who has enjoyed other performances of Hansel and Gretel over the years. We were impressed with the modern concept ,yet still leaving the beautiful familiar music and song. Children of a young age would enjoy this just as they would a pantomime. Delightful.
Di 29th October 2013
I went to see Hansel und Gretel on 24th October and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. The production was brilliant, as usual, and the singing superb. A really lovely evening which left the audience smiling. The conductor was amazing - I look forward to seeing him again.
Ann 29th October 2013
The production was exceptionally creative, especially the witch's house. The only negative side was the English translation which did not have the poetic rhythm of the version I know from the 1960s.
Anonymous 29th October 2013
Brilliant! Wonderful, in every way. Beautifully sung, great orchestrally, and superb set design. Simply magical.
Paul M 29th October 2013
My wife and I both loved it, casting and singing were excellent as was the conducting. Most enjoyable, have already recommended it to friends who live in one of the stops on the tour.
Oakenholt 28th October 2013
An excellent performance under a very promising young conductor, who drew beautiful playing from the orchestra. The cast was first rate, particularly Victoria Yarovaya and Andriana Chuchman in the name parts. On the whole we preferred this production to the one we have seen at Covent Garden.
David 28th October 2013
Thoroughly enjoyed by all 4 of our party. Our first ever visit to a Glyndebourne Opera performance, although we live not far away in Rottingdean. Excellent performances from the entire cast, beautifully produced with an exceptional orchestra and conductor.
We can't wait to come again now we have broken the ice and enjoy the gardens and splendid surroundings. Thank you Glyndebourne and all involved.
Ken Tancred 28th October 2013
A wonderful evening! Glyndebourne Tour has to be the best value for money opera absolutely anywhere.
Andrew C 28th October 2013