Based on the fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm. Hansel and Gretel are trapped in the deceptively decorated house of the witch Griselda who wishes to fatten Hansel so that he may be baked ... See full summary »
If you go down to the woods tonight be sure of the biggest surprise of your life! When Hansel and Gretel's wicked stepmother leads them into the dark forest, the children find themselves in... See full summary »
When a poor Depression-era mountain father and stepmother can no longer afford to feed their children, Hansel and Gretel, they walk them into the woods and "lose" them. Banjo tunes ... See full summary »
At a time when most other shows for children were either low-budget productions or product-inspired cartoons that were little more than half-hour commercials, this program set out to ... See full summary »
I love classical music and opera, and Hansel und Gretel is no exception. The opera with a timeless story, memorable characters and superb music especially with the beautiful Evening Prayer is a true charmer, and is wonderfully performed not only by the performers but by the orchestra. The orchestra play with real vigour, wit and sensitivity when they need to and Georg Solti does an excellent job with the conducting. The sets, costumes and photography here are wondrous, and the music is unquestionably brilliant as is the story. The performances are uniformly good. Edita Gruberova and Brigitte Fassbaender are wonderful as Gretel and Hansel, while Hermann Prey, while nicely restrained from doing roles like Figaro and the like, puts a lot of energy and heart into the role of their father. Then there is Sena Juranic who is genuinely imposing and terrifying as the witch, and Norma Burrowes who is stunning as the Sandman. In conclusion, wonderful and maintains the charm of the opera. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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