Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel

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Saturday, January 07, 2012

Your homemade gingerbread house may be looking tired but Humperdinck's deliciously dark fairy tale is as fresh as ever in the Metropolitan Opera's English-language production of Hansel and Gretel.

Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak and English mezzo-soprano Alice Coote star in Richard Jones's adaptation of the Brothers Grimm story. All three acts are set in kitchens, as the kids attempt to defeat the witch. Robin Ticciati conducts the Wagnerian score.

Cast:

Conductor: Robin Ticciati

Gretel: Aleksandra Kurzak

Hansel: Alice Coote

Gertrude: Michaela Martens

The Witch: Robert Brubaker

Peter: Dwayne Croft

Comments [4]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ


HANSEL and GRETEL's composer ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK was an ardent fan of WAGNER and told WAGNER after hearing PARSIFAL, "consider me as a Knght of the Holy Grail, I was so imoressed !" This opera has everything one desires in a musical presentation. It is most singable. It is melodic throughout. It has its own special uniqueness in melody and orchestration. The orchestration is colorful and SO beautiful. ALL concerned in this presentation deserve the highest accolades for a job well done. KUDOS MET OPERA for the performance itself and for electing as in the past, except for its premiere broadcast performance in the 1940s, for utilizing the English adaptation !! Comedy especially benefits from performance for the audience to hear the words in their vernacular, in their native tongue.

Jun. 15 2013 03:02 PM

@DuckDeadEye - thanks for your helpful comment. It's been fixed.

Jan. 10 2012 11:42 AM

I'm still appalled that you're using Humperdink and Humperdinck.

Have you no web editors?

Jan. 08 2012 11:50 PM
Susan Yates from Croton-on-Hudson NY

I am going totally bananas trying to hear the broadcast of Hansel and Gretl on my computer. Is there some esoteric code to turn this on? cliking on "play" doesn't work ... and nothing else does either. Listening to your announcer-people, it would seem that listening on the computer is the easiest thing in the world. Well, it used to be, but it isn't anymore!!!
I'm beginning to really HATE your website.
Susan Yates
Croton-on-Hudson NY

Jan. 07 2012 02:54 PM

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