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Hansel and Gretel 1996Scottish Opera

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Scottish Opera's season for 1995-96 contained some new productions that were highly memorable, though most were not seen again and none survived for long. After the Edinburgh Festival, where the new staging of The Jacobin opened, there was a very strongly cast small-scale, piano-accompanied tour of La bohème. The main subscription season contained The Jacobin and new stagings of Don Giovanni, La belle Hélène and Hansel and Gretel. A revival of La traviata was followed by new productions of Alceste and Turandot.

This was the first run of Scottish Opera’s second production of this glorious piece, with Mark Tinkler, formerly a principal baritone with the company, turning his hand to direction with some success. It was quite a serious reading, with some psychological depth, and an excellent witch from Elizabeth Vaughan. Guido Ajmone-Marsan was more associated here with Puccini, but, having spent a good part of his career in German houses, produced just the right style for Humperdinck.

Performance Cast


Claire Bradshaw


Catriona Smith

Gertrude mother of Hansel and Gretel

Anne Mason

Peter a broom maker and father of Hansel and Gretel

Russell Smythe


Ann Archibald

Dew Fairy

Lisa Milne


Elizabeth Vaughan

Performance DatesHansel and Gretel 1996

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

12 Jan, 19.15 17 Jan, 19.15 25 Jan, 19.15 31 Jan, 19.15 3 Feb, 19.15 6 Feb, 19.15 8 Feb, 19.15 10 Feb, 19.15

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

15 Feb, 19.30 17 Feb, 19.30

Eden Court Theatre | Inverness

21 Feb, 19.15

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

29 Feb, 19.15 1 Mar, 19.15

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