Hansel and Gretel: Inside the Gingerbread House

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On this week's episode of He Sang/She Sang, hosts Merrin Lazyan and Mike Shobe are joined by WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon to discuss Englebert Humperdinck's opera Hansel and Gretel. Hear how the Brothers Grimm's fairy tale became an opera, why it's often performed at Christmastime and which musical moments are truly magical. Also on the show, opera and theater director Mary Birnbaum shares how she first fell in love with Hansel and Gretel.

Jeff Spurgeon's YouTube pick (Angelika Kirschlager, Diana Damrau, and Pumeza Matshikiza):

Merrin Lazyan's YouTube pick (Alice Coote, Christine Schäfer, and Sasha Cooke):

Mike Shobe's YouTube pick (Robert Brubaker):


 This episode features excerpts from the following album:

Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel (Chandos, 2007)
— Jennifer Larmore, mezzo-soprano; Rebecca Evans, soprano; Jane Henschel, mezzo-soprano; Rosalind Plowright, mezzo-soprano; Robert Hayward, baritone; Diana Montague, mezzo-soprano; the Philharmonia Orchestra and the New London Children's Choir conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras