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Hansel and Gretel - Live in HD (DVD) - Met Opera

Item# 1000002383

Hansel and Gretel (DVD)

This striking English-language production of Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel stars Alice Coote and Christine Schäfer as the siblings lost in the woods, with tenor Philip Langridge in the role of the Witch. Vladimir Jurowski conducts a sensitive account of this enchanting score. Filmed in High Definition Widescreen.

Composer: Engelbert Humperdinck
Release Date: 2008
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski

Christine Schäfer
Alice Coote
Philip Langridge

Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Label: EMI Classics

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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