Hansel & Gretel
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It is absolutely a delight to the eyes and ears, and is so deliciously done, you can almost smell the gingerbread and taste the witch's candy house. This is from a live performance, and it is likely you will gasp in amazement (as the live audience did) as the witch's house appears on stage. Equally well-executed are the flying angels who guard Hansel and Gretel's sleep. (The Met made sure it didn't look like singers hanging from wires--they really look like angels, and the effect is dazzling.)
You'll love the witch, as she flies on her broom, or sticks out her green tongue.
Although most people regard Hansel and Gretel as a children's piece, (and it is a lovely way to introduce children to the world of opera) the orchestration is so lush and rich that people of all ages will find themselves saying, "I thought it was kids' music, but it's so beautiful." This music was written by Humperdinck, who might be considered the heir to the sound of Mahler, and his music is as gorgeous as a Mahler symphony.
Yes, this production is performed in English instead of the original German language, but perhaps that makes it a better vehicle to interest new-comers to opera.
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An excellent introduction to opera and an enjoyable video for children and adults alike!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lovely performance of this pretty opera. This is a solid production and something that can be enjoyed by children. Read morePublished 2 months ago by ayre1
Visually, the opera is beautiful. However, between all of the soprano females, the overall performance was very monotone and boring. This really needed more diversity in singers. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kerrigan
Spectacular great opera sung in English and fun to watch, very happy with the oresentationPublished 9 months ago by Isadore D.
Excellent rendition of Humperdinck's classic by the Metropolitan Opera. Great cast and beautiful production, nothing to do with the recent revival that the Met put up few years... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Long
Gave it as a gift and received very positive feedback for the recipientPublished 16 months ago by Suzanne Kendig
This production is in English. It is one of the great productions of the MET, great voices, great acting, and wonderful set design.Published 17 months ago by Lorenzo
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