Three classical concerts to see this week

Hansel and Gretal the opera, work by women composers and celebrating Beethoven

Saturday, February 8th
Hansel and Gretel
Abbey Theatre, Dublin, and on tour
Irish National Opera (INO) is teaming up with Theatre Lovett and the Abbey Theatre for an English-language production of Humperdinck's opera Hansel and Gretel. Theatre Lovett's Muireann Ahearn and Louis Lovett are presenting the seven musicians of the INO ensemble on stage, within the action, in what is promised to be "a mysterious and provocative production". The title roles are taken by Raphaela Mangan (Hansel) and Amy Ní Fhearraigh (Gretel), with Miriam Murphy as Mother, Ben McAteer as Father, Carolyn Dobbin as the Witch, and Emma Nash as the Sandman and Dew Fairy. Richard Peirson conducts and the designs are by Jamie Vartan. After its run until February 15th at the Abbey, the production tours to Navan, Kilkenny, Wexford, Cork, Tralee, Limerick, Galway, Longford and Letterkenny.

Wednesday, February 12th
Cassiopeia Wind Quintet
National Concert Hall Studio, Dublin,
Resound, the series of music by women promoted by the NCH and Sounding the Feminists, presents an evening of music for wind ensemble. The players of the Cassiopeia Wind Quintet – Catriona Ryan (flute), Matthew Manning (oboe), Deirdre O'Leary (clarinet), John Hearne (bassoon) and Cormac Ó hAodáin (horn) –  are offering works from two centuries and three continents by composers Amy Beach, Claude Arrieu, Jennifer Walshe, Joan Trimble, Elaine Agnew and Elena Kats-Chernin. The concert starts at 7.30pm.

Friday, February 14th
RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra/Jaime Martín
National Concert Hall, Dublin,
The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra's already popular new chief conductor Jaime Martín pays his respects to the year's Beethoven celebrations. He is pairing Beethoven's epic Eroica Symphony with Mozart dark Piano Concerto No 20 in D minor, K466, in which the soloist is Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero. The concert, which has a 7.30pm start, opens with the Overture in C that Fanny Mendelssohn, her only orchestral work, which she wrote in her mid-20s.