“Expertly played and lovingly conducted”: Scottish Opera’s Hansel and Gretel with David Parry and Phillip Rhodes

12 February 2021

Scottish Opera’s production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, conducted by David Parry and with Phillip Rhodes in his house debut as the Father, was released as a film in February 2021. Both artists have received excellent reviews for their performances in this new digital concert staging, filmed in December 2020 at the Theatre Royal Glasgow:

“The score is expertly played and lovingly conducted by David Parry who conveys the expressive potential of every note”
George Hall, The Stage
“Phillip Rhodes’s (beautifully sung) Father”
Neil Fisher, The Times
"Conductor David Parry excels in the pacing of the children’s growing panic in the woods and its easing into the lyric consolation of the Sandman’s song"
David Nice, The Arts Desk
“The singing is top class too, with company debuts for Phillip Rhodes, who brings vocal power and real charm to The Father”
Keith Bruce, VoxCarnyx
“Clark’s arrangement makes the most of the score and conductor David Parry and the orchestra perform it superbly”
Keith Bruce, VoxCarnyx
“[Nadine Benjamin] is matched with a beautifully sung father in Phillip Rhodes. Both here make their company debuts, and I hope we see them both again soon”
Simon Thompson, Bachtrack
“David Parry conducts with all the steadiness and security that you would expect from someone of his experience”
Simon Thompson, Bachtrack
“The baritone Phillip Rhodes’s Father encapsulates the humour of David Pountney’s English translation of the libretto”
Mark Brown, The Telegraph

Hansel and Gretel is available now on Scottish Opera’s website and YouTube channel – find out more and watch it here.

Photo credit: James Glossop

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