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Hansel and Gretel 2018Edinburgh International Festival

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(In prep)

The operatic offering at the 2018 Edinburgh International Festival consists of three fully staged productions imported from leading French companies. There are also two concert performances.

In recent years we have heard several of Rossini's less frequently performed operas. Now we can see, together for the first time here, his two most popular comic masterpieces. The Barber of Seville is presented by Le Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, on their first visit from Paris and Cenerentola by the familiar and welcome Opéra de Lyon.

In addition, John Gay's Beggar's Opera is to be performed by the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, from Paris, who have a substantial residency at the Festival. William Christie leads the musical side of this multinational coproduction.

The third instalment of Wagner's Ring, Siegfried is being performed in the Usher Hall. Sir Mark Elder conducts the Hallé; the all-star cast includes Simon O'Neill (Siegfried), Christine Goerke (Brünnhilde) and Iain Paterson (Wanderer).

There is also a concert performance of Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, to be given by the RSNO under Sir Andrew Davis. Elizabeth DeShong (Hansel) and Laura Wilde (Gretel) lead the cast.

Two important oratorios will also be given in the Usher Hall. The Dunedin Consort perform Handel's mighty Samson and the Festival's opening concert is Haydn's Creation.

Sir Andrew Davis showed himself to be an excellent Wagnerian with his 2017 performance of Die Walküre. He now turns his attention to what sometimes seems like the most Wagnerian opera not actually by Wagner. Humperdinck was Wagner's assistant during the final preparations of Parsifal, and inevitably picked up a few ideas. It still seems a bit odd to be doing it in concert form, but if Wagner works that way, then why not?

Performance Cast


Elizabeth DeShong


Laura Wilde

Gertrude mother of Hansel and Gretel

Okka von der Damerau

Peter a broom maker and father of Hansel and Gretel

Tomasz Konieczny


Emily Birsan

Dew Fairy

Emily Birsan


Thomas Blondelle

Performance DatesHansel and Gretel 2018

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Usher Hall | Edinburgh

15 Aug, 19.30

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