Hänsel und Gretel



Based on a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, Engelbert Humperdinck's
beloved opera is traditionally often performed at Christmastime as a treat
for children. Humperdinck had originally planned to write a simple work
with a spoken text and folksong-like melodies. It turned out to be a full-
fledged, Wagnerian-style opera that was premiered in 1893 by no less a
conductor than Richard Strauss, who termed the work "a masterpiece of the
first rank." For this lavish production staged and directed by August
Everding, a cast of top singers has been put together, including Brigitte
Fassbaender, Edita Gruberova, Hermann Prey, Helga Dernesch and Sena
Jurinac. Sir Georg Solti conducts the Vienna Philharmonic.





Composer: Engelbert Humperdinck
Title: Hänsel und Gretel
Conductor: Georg Solti
Staged By: August Everding
Soloist: Brigitte Fassbaender, Edita Gruberová, Helga Dernesch, Hermann Prey, Sena Jurinac
Set: Gerhard Janda
Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker
Chorus: Wiener Sängerknaben
Video Director: August Everding
Genre: Opera
Length: 109 minutes
Cat.No.: A05001666
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