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S35 Ep16: GP at the Met: Hansel and Gretel


hansel and gretel

Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Composer: Engelbert Humperdinck

Librettists: Adelheid Wette; English translation by David Pountney

Production: Richard Jones

Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski

Performers: Alice Coote (Hansel), Christine Schäfer (Gretel), Philip Langridge (The Witch), Rosalind Plowright (Gertrude), Alan Held (Peter), Sasha Cooke (The Sandman), Lisette Oropesa (The Dew Fairy)

The second season of GREAT PERFORMANCES at The Met on PBS features 14 operas from the Met’s series of live high-definition transmissions initially presented in movie theaters around the world. The season launches with the family favorite Hansel and Gretel, in a production by Richard Jones, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski. Most fairy tales—while charming on the outside—resonate long past bedtime with darker underpinnings. Alice Coote and Christine Schäfer play the siblings lost in a shadowy world of unknown menace, pursued by the Witch, portrayed by tenor Philip Langridge, who seeks to devour them. The English-language production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s adaptation of the beloved story by the Brothers Grimm was originally created for Welsh National Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Opera synopsis courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera.

Funding for GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET: “Hansel and Gretel” has been provided by Toll Brothers, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Herman Lissner Foundation, and PBS.

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