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Luisi to Conduct the Met's "Hansel and Gretel"

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Fabio Luisi will replace Andrew Davis as conductor of all "Hansel and Gretel" performances at the Metropolitan Opera this season.

Davis has withdrawn for personal reasons, according to the opera.

In addition to conducting "Hansel and Gretel," Luisi is already conducting the orchestra in performances of "Le Nozze di Figaro" and "Electra" at the Met this season. He has also appeared with the company in "Don Carlo," "Simon Boccanegra," "Die Ägyptische Helena," and "Turandot."

"Hansel and Gretel" features Miah Persson as Gretel, Angelika Kirschlager as Hansel, Rosalind Plowright as Gertrude, Philip Langridge as the Witch, and Dwayne Croft as Peter. The production, staged by Richard Jones, premiered in the opera's 2007-2008 seasons. Performances are on December 14, 17, 19, 21 (matinee), 24, 28 (matinee), 30 (matinee), and January 2 (matinee).

In addition to his work with the Met, Luisi is currently music director of the Dresden Semperoper, chief conductor of the Dresden Staatskapelle, and of the Vienna Symphony. In 2010, Luisi will begin his tenure as music director of the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan and will become chief conductor of the Zurich Opera in 2012.