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Opera Holloway's Hansel and Gretel

Posted on 05/12/2011
Opera Holloway in rehearsals for Hansel and Gretel

Following the huge success of The Marriage of Figaro in June, Opera Holloway will launch its new fairy tale season with Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.

One of the world’s best loved operas, Hansel and Gretel tells the famous Brothers Grimm tale of the two young siblings who get lost in the woods, ‘rescued’ by a wicked witch and lured into her gingerbread home. Can they escape and save themselves before it's too late?

The cleverly reworked translation into English features moments of comic genius, and with a young cast full of enthusiasm and talent, Opera Holloway’s Hansel and Gretel provides the perfect family outing this winter. The production has been designed specifically to appeal to an audience of all ages, and will feature students from The Marist School, Ascot in the chorus.

Formed in 2009 by a group of undergraduates from Royal Holloway, University of London, Opera Holloway aims to provide young singers with the opportunity to participate in high quality opera productions while simultaneously making opera accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. The last few months have seen the group perform concerts of operatic repertoire throughout the south of England, as well as leading several school opera workshops. On top of intensive rehearsals, the next months will see the group participating in a masterclass with Scottish soprano Janis Kelly, as well as performing concerts in Sussex and Berkshire.

Performances of Opera Holloway’s Hansel and Gretel will take place on the 9 - 10 December 2011 at 7.30pm in Royal Holloway’s Windsor Auditorium. As well as providing the perfect winter evening’s entertainment, the performances will be raising money for international charity Save the Children, with the performance on Saturday 10th December being a dedicated charity gala.

Tickets are £13/£9/£5. To book tickets, call 07792240698, or e-mail Opera Holloway.



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