Hansel and Gretel | Irish National Opera

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Updated: May 17th, 2019

An Irish National Opera / Theatre Lovett / Abbey Theatre co-production.


Hansel and Gretel

one of the sweetest yet most lushly captivating scores in the entire operatic repertory’ New York Times

Storm Jorge Update: This performance will go ahead as planned unless Limerick is under a Red Weather Warning from 6pm on Saturday. 

Lime Tree Theatre | Saturday, Feb 29th | 8pm | €30/€27

Show Duration: 2 hours inclusive of interval

Suitable for age 8yrs +

INO will host a 30 minute pre-show talk with members from the cast and creative team of Hansel and Gretel.
The talk is free to any patron who books a ticket to the show and starts at 7pm sharp. Front of House staff will direct you to the room on arrival.

One of the greatest operas about children. Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel is full of music that is sweet and beguiling, and it combines childlike simplicity with heart aching beauty. He wanted a plot that ‘was not made up of murders, brutal deaths, operetta-like nonsense, or sugar-sweet fairy tales’. Do not be fooled. This is a story of greed and starvation, mouth-wateringly sugar-coated.

Trouble at home. Two hungry children lost in a haunted forest. The lure of a gingerbread house. The frightening hocus pocus of the predatory Witch. And the smarts of the children who triumph in the end. All wrapped up in the delicious sound world of Engelbert Humperdinck’s operatic masterpiece.

Sung in English with English surtitles


Hansel Raphaela Mangan (mezzo soprano)

Gretel Amy Ní Fhearraigh (soprano)

Mother Miriam Murphy (soprano)

Father Ben McAteer (baritone)

Witch Carolyn Dobbin (mezzo-soprano)

Sandman & Dew Fairy Emma Nash (soprano)

Lost Children: Amelie Metcalfe and Ronan Millar

Creative Team

Conductor Richard Peirson

Directors Muireann Ahern, Louis Lovett

Set & Costume Designer Jamie Vartan

Lighting Designer Sarah-Jane Shiels

Video Designer Jack Phelan

Irish National Opera Ensemble

Amy Ní Fhearraigh “A natural stage performer, gifted with a fine soprano voice…” GoldenPlec
Miriam Murphy “She’s a singer with a voice so large, so effortless seeming, so distinctive that once she opens her mouth it’s as if you’re pinned to your seat by some irresistible hypnotic power.” The Irish Times
Raphaela Mangan “…superb lower register contralto tones…” The Herald (Scotland)

  • Please note all ticket prices include a booking charge.
  • No exchanges or refunds.
  • Wheelchair spaces can only be booked over the phone. Please call our box office on (061) 953400 if you wish to book a wheelchair space.
  • No late comers admitted to the theatre once show commences.
  • Limited parking available for patrons, please arrive early. Disability and bus parking on campus.

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Sat 29 Feb