In Humperdinck’s interpretation of the classic Grimm’s fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel get lost in the woods while picking strawberries and are visited by the Sandman, who lulls them to sleep. They spend the night in the forest, guarded by angels, only to awaken and stumble into the clutches of Rosina Dainty-mouth, an evil witch who lives in a gingerbread house and plans to gobble them up. Of Richard Jones’s 2009 production, The New York Times raved, “This Hansel and Gretel is serious opera, if by serious we mean a story with depth, world-class performances, and glorious music. A joy for all ages, it would make a fine introduction for any opera neophyte, child or adult.” Aleksandra Kurzak plays Gretel, with Kate Lindsey and Alice Coote alternating as Hansel. Robert Brubaker plays the witch who plots to bake them into gingerbread.
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