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With her death, the release of the children and the arrival of the woodcutter and his wife, all ends jubilantly. The children's singing was as good as their acting: focused and beautifully blended. It summed up a production in which, under the aegis of director Alan Privett, every detail had been carefully considered, and every contributor enabled to play his or her own distinctive and invaluable part.

Jenny Miller as The Witch with some of the children. Photo © 2005 Stephen Wright
Jenny Miller as The Witch with some of the children. Photo © 2005 Stephen Wright

I can't finish, however, without commenting on the success of Tony Burke's orchestral reduction which serves to make the music yet more transparent and lucid; and also on the orchestral playing, which was second to none. I still have to pinch myself as a reminder that I heard work of this quality in a Gloucestershire garden!

Copyright © 27 July 2005 Rex Harley, Cardiff UK

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Rex Harley was at Longborough Festival Opera's 20 July 2005 production in Gloucestershire UK of the fairy tale opera Hänsel und Gretel (1893, Weimar), the best known work of the German composer Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921), who was music tutor to Richard Wagner's son Siegfried.

One final performance of this Longborough production takes place today, Wednesday 27 July 2005: details from the Longborough Festival Opera website. The company's season ends with two final performances of Mozart's Magic Flute on Friday and Saturday 29 and 30 July 2005.

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