Spooky Spellbound Slumber - Opera in Situ
Nov 18, 2017
As Hansel and Gretel, lost in the dark forest, drift off to sleep, they both begin to have dark, troubling dreams. Witches conjure up spells; a prince is guided or maybe double-crossed by three mysterious ladies; a water nymph falls in love with a human while Hansel dreams he has transformed into a wooden boy. As in dreams people change appearance and things don’t necessarily conform to usual logic. The real question though is – what is a dream and what isn’t?
This new production from Opera in Situ is based on tales of fairies and witches, produced as the dreams Hansel and Gretel have when they fall asleep in the wood. There is music from Humperdinck and Mozart, Verdi and Massenet as well as an extract from Jonathan Dove’s charming modern Opera based on Pinocchio.
Suitable for all ages.
Opera in Situ was founded in 2016 with the aim of bringing opera to the community, taking productions to unusual places. Their first production was Street Scenes, a weaving together of stories from the people of a cosmopolitan street which included scenes from Kurt Weill’s Street Scenes, Bizet’s Carmen, the Easter Hymn from Mascagni’s opera Cavalleria Rusticana, John Gay’s Beggars Opera, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and other pieces and was performed in a skate park, a shopping emporium, and an art gallery as well as churches and community centres.