Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, a Family-Friendly Opera
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The last date listed for Hansel and Gretel was Sunday November 22, 2009 / 2:30pm.
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by Engelbert Humperdinck
_Hansel and Gretel _is a long planned “opera in English” for Lyric Opera San Diego This year, they offer it as a perfect way to kick off the holiday season and encourage whole families to attend this beloved classic from the German folk tradition, in the beautiful Wagner influenced score of Humperdink.
The children of the Lyric Academy will be featured, giving them an opportunity to share the training and the gifts they are honing in their classes, the chance to show in a classic production of this magical story. Kelly Kuo will return to the podium to lead the orchestra and Leon Natker will return to the stage in the role of The Witch. There is a long tradition of this role as a “travesty” tour de force, and many tenors in the history of opera have taken great delight in the role, with all its evil comic turns and flight. New York mezzo Hai-Ting Chinn will make her Lyric debut as Hansel, fresh from her excellent reviews in the Wooster Group’s production of “Dido and Aeneas” in New York City. San Diego’s own Kate Oberjat will be our Gretel, returning to our company from successes at Nashville Opera and New York Opera Society.
This opera is a great way to introduce families to the magic of opera as theater, and it will be sung in a new English translation that captures this story and its sweetness. Lyric Opera San Diego has been wanting to present this work for many years and now has, in the Birch North Park Theatre, an ideal setting to bring it to you with stage illusions, and an orchestra pit to present this lovely score to San Diego audiences, as it should be.