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Hansel & Gretel and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio—the best classical and opera in December 2018

Plus Steven Isserlis’s 60th Birthday

By Alexandra Coghlan   December 2018
Hansel and Gretel at the Royal Opera House

Hansel and Gretel at the Royal Opera House

 

Hansel & Gretel Royal Opera House, 11th to 29th December

Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel is an enchanting musical fairytale that combines brightly coloured folk melodies with lavish, late-Romantic lyricism. Originally conceived for a family entertainment, the opera retains that homespun spirit, combining innocence and optimism with a streak of darker drama. Antony McDonald’s new production promises to return to the tale’s storybook origins, with designs drawing on traditional German illustrations. An…

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