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Saturday, March 17, 2018 Permalink

At The Opera, Humperdink: Hansel and Gretel, March 17, 2018


Hansel and Gretel is an opera by nineteenth-century composer Engelbert Humperdinck, who described it as a Märchenoper (fairy-tale opera). The libretto was written by Humperdinck's sister, Adelheid Wette, based on the Grimm brothers' fairy tale "Hansel and Gretel". It is much admired for its folk music-inspired themes, one of the most famous being the "Abendsegen" ("Evening Benediction") from act 2.

The idea for the opera was proposed to Humperdinck by his sister, who approached him about writing music for songs that she had written for her children for Christmas based on "Hansel and Gretel". After several revisions, the musical sketches and the songs were turned into a full-scale opera.

Humperdinck composed Hansel and Gretel in Frankfurt in 1891 and 1892. The opera was first performed in Hoftheater in Weimar on December 23, 1893, conducted by Richard Strauss. It has been associated with Christmas since its earliest performances and today it is still most often performed at Christmas time.


8:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:13 p.m.
Engelbert Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel BUY ; Jeffrey Tate, conductor Anne Sofie von Otter and Barbara Bonney
10:00 p.m.
10:02 p.m.
ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK: Hansel and Gretel in English Act 3 BUY from Hansel & Gretel; composed by ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK
10:32 p.m.
various: I Hear You Calling Me and other Irsh ballads BUY from John McCormack-Arias, Recitals And Songs; composed by various
Nimbus Records NI-1782-3
11:00 p.m.
11:02 p.m.
Flotow: Martha - The Last Rose of Summer BUY n/a; n/a, conductor Deanna Durbin
11:04 p.m.
Hager: Act 2. Letzte Rose, Wie Magst Du So Einsam BUY from Flotow: Martha; composed by Hager

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