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Hansel and Gretel (2 DVD) - The Royal Opera

Item# 1000003466

Hansel and Gretel (2 DVD)
Composer: Engelbert Humperdinck
Record Date: 2008
Release Date: 2009
Conductor: Colin Davis

Angelika Kirchschlager
Diana Damrau
Elizabeth Connell
Thomas Allen
Anja Silja

Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Ensemble: Tiffin Boys' Choir and Children's Chorus
Label: Opus Arte

Region: Region Free, Worldwide

Hänsel und Gretel
Originally conceived as a small-scale vocal entertainment for children, Hansel and Gretel resonates with both adults and children, and has become one of the most successful fairy-tale operas ever created. The composer, Engelbert Humperdinck, was a protégé of Richard Wagner, and the opera’s score is flavored with the sophisticated musical lessons he learned from his idol while maintaining a charm and a light touch that were entirely Humperdinck’s own. The opera acknowledges the darker features present in the Brothers Grimm version of the familiar folk tale, yet presents them within a frame of grace and humor. Premiere: Weimar, Court Theater, 1893.

Engelbert Humperdinck (1854–1921)

The opera’s three acts move from Hansel and Gretel’s home to the dark forest to the Witch’s gingerbread house deep in the forest. Put another way, the drama moves from the real, through the obscure, and into the unreal and fantastical. In this production, which takes the idea of food as its dramatic focus, each act is set in a different kind of kitchen, informed by a different theatrical style: a D.H. Lawrence-inspired setting in the first, a German Expressionist one in the second, and a Theater of the Absurd mood in the third.




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