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Feb 04 2020

A family-friendly Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel aims to draw in children

‘We lay a trail of breadcrumbs to lead through the opera’

This must surely be the most festive rehearsal room in the history of opera. The conductor, Richard Peirson, is wearing a party hat, popping marshmallows into his mouth as he plays the piano. Soprano Carolyn Dobbin is pulling a series of grotesque faces, trying to figure out how far she can twist her mouth without losing the high notes. “Hocus pocus, bonus jocus,” she shrieks, getting so carried away by her own malevolence that she starts giggling. “Perhaps there are some sort of protocols we are breaking when it comes to rehearsing an opera,” laughs Muireann Ahern, co-director with Louis Lovett of a new production of Englebert Humperdinck’s opera Hansel and Gretel. “But it’s important that we are being a bit irreverent. It is important we are having fun.”


Read the full article on the Irish Times website.