Gretel: Christine Schafer, Hansel: Alice Coote, Gertrude: Rosalind Plowright, Peter Alan Held, The Sandman: Sasha Cooke, The Dew Fairy: Lisette Oropesa, The Witch: Philip Langridge, Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
Humperdinck: Hansel und Gretel
Christine Schäfer, Alice Coote and Vladimir Jurowski triumph in Humperdinck's first and most successful opera - filmed live at the Metropolitan Opera.
This irresistibly delicious new English-language production of Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel is the first Metropolitan Opera : Live in High-Definition series release following EMI Classic's recent collaboration with the Met.
The Brothers Grimm fairy tale, a timeless children's favourite, features a sophisticated score, and this intriguing new staging will appeal to audiences of all ages.
Alice Coote and Christine Schäfer are charming as Hansel and Gretel, and the role of the Witch, written for a mezzo-soprano, is in this production sung by the tenor Philip Langridge.
Vladimir Jurowski, one of the world's most sought-after conductors, leads Germany's dearest opera, with a sensitive account of Humperdinck's enchanting score.
Hansel and Gretel is considered by many as the salvation of German opera, bringing relief from the murky Wagnerian depths of Teutonic myth and initiating a return to the shimmering world of the fairy tale. In 1923, Hansel and Gretel became the first complete opera to be broadcast on radio from Covent Garden ; Eight years later it was the first to be broadcast from the New York Met. It is significant therefore that this is one of the eight operas chosen to be in this season's Met HD transmissions.