NI Opera’s Hansel and Gretel at the Millennium Forum on January 12

NI Opera’s New Year performance in Derry will be Humperdinck’s classic opera, Hansel and Gretel.

This production brings a cast of top quality Irish and Northern Irish singers alongside singing legend Graham Clark, who has performed at the Met, Bayreuth, and the Royal Opera House.

Leading singers include local singers, Niamh Kelly who sings Hansel and Doreen Curran who is the Mother. This opera will delight audiences, young and old, with its compelling Grimm Brothers’ fairy-tale narrative.

NI Opera was launched in October 2010. Since its launch, NI Opera have staged performances throughout Northern Ireland with highly acclaimed performances of Tosca and Orpheus in the Underworld.

Tosca, performed site-specific, in Derry in April, with each act held in a different location, creating a unique setting, thrilled audiences, who were ‘part’ of the opera, moving between Acts, together with cast and orchestra, along the moonlit ancient walls.

The young audiences at performances of Hansel and Gretel in the Grand Opera House last month were enthralled. ‘Mears’s joyfully violent staging caught their attention instantly, every syllable of David Pountney’s allusive translation crisp in the mouths of a largely home-grown, expertly balanced cast, the locally sourced Angels and Gingerbread Children heaven-sent.’ wrote, Anna Picard of The Independent on Sunday.

Targeting the younger members of the audience is a key priority for Oliver Mears, NI Opera’s Artistic Director. Speaking recently to Culture NI, he said: “‘With every production we try to aim for an experience that will really engage the audience, we want the kids who see this production to have a more positive view of opera.”

Hansel and Gretel will be performed at the Millennium Forum on Thursday, January 12.

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