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Hansel and Gretel 

A live Metropolitan Opera Christmas Day broadcast of Humperdinck's opera.

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Kirk Browning
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Frederica von Stade Frederica von Stade ... Hansel
Judith Blegen Judith Blegen ... Gretel
Jean Kraft Jean Kraft ... Gertrud
Michael Devlin Michael Devlin ... Peter
Rosalind Elias Rosalind Elias ... Witch
Diane Kesling Diane Kesling ... Sandman
Betsy Norden Betsy Norden ... Dew Fairy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Metropolitan Opera Ballet Metropolitan Opera Ballet ... Dancers
Thomas Fulton Thomas Fulton ... Self - Conducted by
Metropolitan Opera Chorus Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus

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A live Metropolitan Opera Christmas Day broadcast of Humperdinck's opera.

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Version of Hansel & Gretel (1997) See more »

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Best version of Hansel and Gretel on Video
22 November 2005 | by DannybobSee all my reviews

Many think of Hansel and Gretel as a "Christmas" opera or a "children's" opera. It's neither. The gingerbread house and the fact that the world premiere of Humperdinck's work took place on Christmas eve may be the reasons for the former. The Wagnerian scope of the music and the great skill required of singers to ride the tides of a big opera orchestra defies the latter. The Metropolitan Opera's lovely Christmas day performance, sung in intelligible English, is miles above the video competition. All of the singers are terrific, the late Thomas Fulton leads the music with authority and taste, and the old-fashioned O'Hearn production looks great. Look no further.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1982 (USA) See more »

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Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel (Metropolitan Opera) See more »

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