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At The Opera, Humperdink: Hansel and Gretel and Highlights from J. Strauss Jr. Die Fledermaus, December 28, 2013


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 Prayer") 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 Weimar on December 23, 1893 and was 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. This 1990 recording stars Anne-Sofie von Otter and Barbara Bonney. Jeffrey Tate conducts.

 

 
Saturday, December 28, 2013

Play List

8:00p
8:00p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo - Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY
8:09p
Engelbert Humperdinck: Hansel und Gretel - Bayerischen Rundfunks; Jeffrey Tate, conductor; Anne-Sofie von Otter / Barbara Bonney; Label: Warner Classics FindBUY
10:00p
10:07p
Johann Strauss: Die Fledermaus Overture and Act 2 - Vienna Philharmonic; Andre Previn, conductor; Label: Philips; Number: 90239891-2 FindBUY FindBUY
10:55p
Puccini: Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro - London; Label: London/Decca; Number: 4758366 FindBUY FindBUY
10:57p
Giuseppi Verdi: NABUCCO: Chorus of the Hebrew slaves - Vienna State Opera Orchestra; Lamberto Gardelli, conductor; Vienna State Opera Chorus [Also:"Wiener Staatsopernchor"]; Label: London/Decca; Number: 4758366 FindBUY FindBUY
11:00p
11:02p
G.F. Handel: Rodelinda - Dove sei (Art thou troubled) - Vienna Cantata; Henry Lewis, conductor; Label: London/Decca; Number: 4758366 FindBUY FindBUY
11:09p
Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore, opera: Una furtiva lagrima ; Label: London/Decca; Number: 4758366 FindBUY FindBUY
11:14p
Leo Delibes: Lakme opera: Bell Song - London Philharmonic; Richard Boynage, conductor; Joan Sutherland; Label: London/Decca; Number: 4758366 FindBUY FindBUY
11:22p
Franco Corelli: Tosca, opera: E lucevan le stelle ; Franco Corelli; Label: London/Decca; Number: 4758366 FindBUY FindBUY
11:25p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - Easter Hymn - National Philharmonic; Giandrea Gavazenni, conductor; Label: London/Decca; Number: 4758366 FindBUY FindBUY
11:30p
James King: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, opera, WWV 96: Prize Song: Morgenlich leuchtend ; James King; Label: London/Decca; Number: 4758366 FindBUY FindBUY
11:34p
Richard Wagner: Tannhauser, opera, WWV 70: Pilgrim's Chorus: Begluckt darf nun dich ; Label: London/Decca; Number: 4758366 FindBUY FindBUY
11:39p
Dvorak: Rusalka: O silver moon - Accademia di Santa Cecilia; Giuseppe Patane, conductor; Pilar Lorengar; Label: London/Decca; Number: 4758366 FindBUY FindBUY
11:46p
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Che puro ciel! ; Label: London/Decca; Number: 4758366 FindBUY FindBUY
11:50p
Mascagni: Guglielmo Ratcliff, opera (tragedia) in 4 acts: Ratcliff's Dream ; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY
11:56p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo - Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY

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