Engelbert Humperdinck: Hansel y Gretel

Engelbert Humperdinck: Hansel y Gretel

First staged at the Weimar Court Theatre under the baton of Richard Strauss in 1893, who
hailed it as “a masterpiece of the highest quality”, Humperdinck's debut opera Hänsel und
Gretel has remained a solid favourite since its 1893 première. Engelbert Humperdinck
(1854-1921) transformed Grimm’s beloved fairy tale “Hänsel und Gretel” into opera
entertainment for everyone from young children to the serious music lover; this recording
is a tumultuous and joyful production for both children and adults.
Director Katharina Thalbach cheerfully evokes a magic world of woodland sprites and
candy dreams and creates an enchanting fantasy world filled with high spirits, fairytale
fantasy and genial comedy. Recorded live at the world-famous Dresden Semperoper,
the production is also musically of the highest rank, with international
soloists in the main roles, accompanied by the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden under
Michael Hofstetter.


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  • Hansel - Antigone Papoulkas, Gretel - Anna Gabler, Father - Hans-Joachim Ketelsen, Mother - Irmgard Vilsmaier, Witch - Iris Vermillion, Sandman/Dew Fairy -

  • Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden

  • Michael Hofstetter

  • Engelbert Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel

  • Engelbert Humperdinck

  • 01:48:00

  • Semperoper, Dresden