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At the Opera - 2/2/13 - Humperdinck: Hansel und Gretel


Hansel and Gretel is an opera by nineteenth-century composer Engelbert Humperdinck, who described it as a 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 "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. The opera was first performed in Weimar on December 23, 1893, conducted by Richard Strauss. This 1990 recording stars Anne Sofie von Otter and Barbara Bonney. Jeffery Tate conducts.

 
Saturday, February 02, 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 and Gretle - Sym Orch des Bayerishcen Rundfunks; Jeffrey Tate, conductor; Label: Angel Records FindBUY
10:00p
10:16p
Wagner: The Ride of the Valkyries ; Label: London/Decca; Number: 4758366 FindBUY FindBUY
10:22p
Richard Wagner: Tannhauser, Wie Todesahnung... O du, mein holder Abendstern (O Star of Eve) - Vienna Opera; Argeo Quadri, conductor; Tom Krause; Label: London/Decca; Number: 4758366 FindBUY FindBUY
10:27p
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Che puro ciel! ; Label: London/Decca; Number: 4758366 FindBUY FindBUY
10:32p
Mozart: Don Giovanni, La ci darem la mano ; Label: London/Decca; Number: 4758366 FindBUY FindBUY
10:36p
Verdi: Il Trovatore, Ah si ben mio ; Label: London/Decca; Number: 4758366 FindBUY FindBUY
10:39p
Verdi: Aida, opera: Ritorna vincitor! ; Label: London/Decca; Number: 4758366 FindBUY FindBUY
10:46p
Bizet: Carmen: Flower Song: La fleur que tu m'avais jetee ; Label: London/Decca; Number: 4758366 FindBUY FindBUY
10:50p
Puccini: Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Humming Chorus ; Label: London/Decca; Number: 4758366 FindBUY FindBUY
10:53p
Saint-Saens: Samson et Dalila, opera in 3 acts, Op. 47: Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix ; Label: London/Decca; Number: 4758366 FindBUY FindBUY
11:00p
11:00p
Saint-Saens: Faust, opera: Serenade: Vous qui faites l'endormie ; Label: London/Decca; Number: 4758366 FindBUY FindBUY
11:03p
Puccini: Turandot, opera: Signore, ascolta! ; Label: London/Decca; Number: 4758366 FindBUY FindBUY
11:05p
Offenbach: Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Barcarolle: Belle nuit, nuit d'amour ; Label: London/Decca; Number: 4758366 FindBUY FindBUY
11:09p
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera, ma prima in grazia ; Label: London/Decca; Number: 4758366 FindBUY FindBUY
11:14p
Bizet: Carmen, opera: Toreador Song: Vivat! Vivat le torero!... Votre toast ; Label: London/Decca; Number: 4758366 FindBUY FindBUY
11:21p
Puccini: La boheme, opera: Che gelida manina (Your tiny hand is frozen) - Vienna Opera; Herbert von Karajan, conductor; Luciano Pavarotti; Label: London/Decca; Number: 4758366 FindBUY FindBUY
11:26p
Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Pearlfishers' Duet: C'est toi... Au fond du temple saint ; Label: London/Decca; Number: 4758366 FindBUY FindBUY
11:35p
Amilcare Ponchielli: La Gioconda - Cielo e mar! - Vienna Opera; Alberto Erede, conductor; Jussi Bjorling; Label: London/Decca; Number: 4758366 FindBUY FindBUY
11:40p
Puccini: Tosca, opera: Te Deum: Tre sbirri, una carrozza ; Label: London/Decca; Number: 4758366 FindBUY FindBUY
11:55p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo - Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY
11:58p
Giacomo Puccini: Edgar, opera: Prelude to Act III - Czecho-Slovack Radio Symphony Orchestra; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY

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