Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel

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Saturday, January 02, 2010

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. Swedish soprano Miah Persson and Austrian mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager 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. Fabio Luisi conducts the Wagnerian score.

Music by Engelbert Humperdinck
Text in German by Adelheid Wette (the composer’s sister), after a story by the Brothers Grimm

Cast & Characters

The Cast

Conductor: Fabio Luisi

Gretel: Miah Persson

Hansel: Angelika Kirchschlager

Gertrude: Rosalind Plowright

Witch: Philip Langridge

Peter: Dwayne Croft

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Jan. 04 2010 10:44 AM
Richard Mitnick from Highland Park, NJ

Leo and cafaro-

First of all, there are available very good computer speakers fully capable of giving you the same or better sound reproduction than your stereo system, depending on what sort of speakers you have attached in either case.

On one of my stereo systems, I have vintage Warfdale three way speakers with nine pound magnets on the base. Fabulous.

But on my desktop computer, I have a Logitech three way Z-2300 THX system with a huge sub-woofer, which actually sounds better, to me.

On my laptop computer, where I have less room, I have a Bose Companion 2 II two way system which is quite allright, clean and bright.

the 105.9 web stream is now at 128kbit stereo, considered to be CD quality, and, frankly, because it is digital, more accurate than would be any over-the-air analog FM signal even if you were located near the transmitter.

You can of course, if they are near each other, patch from your computer to your stereo system with a cable from Radio Shack, 3.5 mini plug to your sound card on the computer, right and left RCA plugs to your receiver.

Jan. 02 2010 06:48 PM
Leo Meyer from New Haven county

Here in Milford Ct we cannot receive the met broadcast any longer What can be done? Listening to the computer speakers are OK but not the same as my sound system...There has to be a solution...after all we did get to the moon!

Jan. 02 2010 03:22 PM
cafaro from Smithtown, NY

I live in Smithtown,NY 50 miles from Manhatten. I can no longer listen to the live broadcasts, and I am very dissappionted. 105.9 totally incapable to reach. None of the other stations are any better. I can listen on the computer--but this is not the same of sitting in my livingroom--any suggestions? I will be cancelling subsciptions for lack of interest.

Jan. 02 2010 02:57 PM
Bob Mitchell from NYC


If Met Opera can't stream Met Titles with broadcasts, which would be ideal, why not make a libretto available?

Jan. 02 2010 01:57 PM

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