Join us Saturday at 1 pm for a live broadcast of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, sung in English and presented as part of the Met's holiday series.
Director Richard Jones tells Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel from a rather dark point of view, emphasizing the title character’s sordid home life, including abusive parents. But this remains a fairy-tale opera, with some delectable tunes and a happy ending. Jennifer Johnson Cano is Hansel, Heidi Stober is Gretel and Robert Brubaker plays the witch (taking over the usual mezzo role). Michaela Martens, who recently played Marilyn Klinghoffer in the Met's staging of The Death of Klinghoffer, is the mother Gertrude. Andrew Davis conducts.
Note: Jennifer Johnson Cano has replaced Christine Rice, who is ill. In addition, Mary Jo Heath is sitting in the host seat this week for Margaret Juntwait. She will be joined by commentator Ira Siff.