Hansel and Gretel in Abu Dhabi

Arriving at The National Theatre next month, the beloved fairytale, Hansel and Gretel, is all sugar and spice

Hansel and Gretel in Abu Dhabi

N SO Opera, under NSO Symphony Orchestra, will present German composer Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel for two days next month.

Based on the classic Grimm brothers’ fairytale of the same name, the opera follows the namesake brother and sister duo through their gingerbread house adventures.

A 45-piece orchestra has been tuned into place for the production, taking their cues from musical director Andrew Berrymen. The musicians will unleash Humperdinck’s captivating arrangement, with the vocal support of an ensemble choir of 80 children from the city.

Spanish-Jordanian director Haya Nasser will take charge of an international crew of performers, who have been busy rehearsing for the show.

Audiences can expect to watch all their favourite, and not-so-favourite characters brought to life before their eyes.

We take a closer look at three pivotal members of the cast.

Julia Teal Kermott as Gretel

The American soprano is known for her vocal versatility and can carry a pop tune with as much grace as she can a classical piece. Kernott is no stanger to the UAE. She lived here for almost five years and has performed extensively with the NSO Symphony Orchestra.

Helen Kerr as The witch

English-born Kerr serves as the Head of Music at the city’s Al Yasmina Academy. The soprano started out playing percussion and the clarinet, before her vocal abilities were discovered. Since then, she has worked with greats such as the late Ava June.

Louise Merrifield as Hansel

Merrifield might be settled in her role as voice coach at The British School, Al Khubairat, but she has had a notable career as a soprano. The English expat has played the roles of Carmen, Mimi (La Bohème) and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), to name a few.

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