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Saturday, December 12, 2015 Permalink

At The Opera, Humperdinck: Hansel und Gretel, December 12, 2015

  

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.

Hansel – Anna-Sofie von Otter

Gretel – Barbara Bonney

Witch – Marjana Lipovsek

Mother – Hanna Schwarz

Father – Andreas Schmidt

Sandman – Barbara Hendricks

Dew Fairy – Eva Lind

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Jefferey Tate – conductor

EMI - 1990

Playlist

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:11pm
Engelbert Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretle BUY Sym Orch des Bayerishcen Rundfunks; Jeffrey Tate, conductor
10:00pm
10:14pm
Bellini: Finale: "Ma Di'... O, Non Tremare" - Norma =Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne, Luciano Pavarotti, New York City Opera Orchestra, Richard Bonynge BUY Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne, Luciano Pavarotti, New York City Opera Orchestra, Richard Bonynge
10:26pm
Puccini: "Che Gelida Manina" - Luciano Pavarotti, BUY New York City Opera Orchestra, Richard Bonynge
10:31pm
Verdi: Aria: "Tu Del Mio Carlo" - BUY Joan Sutherland, New York City Opera Orchestra, Richard Bonynge
10:40pm
Rossini: La Donna del Lago - Mura felici BUY New Your City Opera ; Richard Bonynge, conductor Marilyn Horne
10:50pm
Bellini: Angiol Di Pace - Beatrice di Tenda BUY Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Marilyn Horne, New York City Opera Orchestra, Richard Bonynge; Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Marilyn Horne, New York City Opera Orchestra, Richard Bonynge, conductor
11:00pm
11:02pm
Verdi: Il Trovatore, opera: Tacea la notte placida BUY from Metropolitan Opera Gala honoring Sir Rudolf Bing; composed by Verdi
11:08pm
Puccini: Manon Lescaut, opera: Tu, tu, amore? Tu? BUY from Metropolitan Opera Gala honoring Sir Rudolf Bing; composed by Puccini
11:16pm
R. Strauss: Salome Finale BUY from Metropolitan Opera Gala honoring Sir Rudolf Bing; composed by R. Strauss
11:31pm
Verdi: Act 3 Duet La forza del destino BUY Met
11:39pm
Brodsky: Be My Love (from "The Toast of New Orleans") Lanza, Mario; Sinatra, Ray BUY from The Essential Mario Lanza; composed by Brodsky
RCA 88697074092
11:42pm
Mario Lanza: And This is My Beloved (from "Kismet") Lanza, Mario; Aaronson, Irving BUY from The Essential Mario Lanza
RCA 88697074092
11:46pm
Mario Lanza: Fenesta che lucive (Remastered 1995) Ferrara, Franco; Lanza, Mario BUY from The Essential Mario Lanza
RCA 88697074092
11:50pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
11:54pm
Giacomo Puccini: Edgar, opera: Prelude to Act III BUY Czecho-Slovack Radio Symphony Orchestra; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240

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