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HUMPERDINCK: Hansel und Gretel - Kirschlager, Damrau (Blu-Ray)

HUMPERDINCK: Hansel und Gretel - Kirschlager, Damrau (Blu-Ray)

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Angelika Kirchschlager (Hansel); Diana Damrau (Gretel); Elizabeth Connell (Gertrud); Thomas Allen (Peter); Anja Silja (Witch); Pumeza Matshikiza (Sandman);

 

Diana Damrau and Angelika Kirchschlager star in the acclaimed 2008 production of Humperdinck's famous fairy-tale opera, in the company of two of Britain's most revered musical figures: Thomas Allen, playing the role of the Father, and the legendary conductor Colin Davis. Directors Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser combine their characteristic wit and a dash of deliciously dark comedy with the operas fairy-tale charm. Humperdinck's music mixes catchy folk-like songs with sumptuous instrumental colour, making the result as tunefully approachable, musically memorable and visually delightful as opera gets.

Filmed in High Definition and recorded in full Surround Sound.

 

"Angelika Kirchschlager’s tousled, boyish Hänsel and Diana Damrau’s Gretel are dramatically convincing and vocally superb, while their parents, excellently sung and played by Elizabeth Connell and Thomas Allen, earn our sympathy as well as our censure. Pumeza Matshikiza’s goblin-like Sandman is truly magical and Anita Watson’s feather-dusting Dew Fairy another amusing creation. Colin Davis, unafraid to relish the icing on the cake, draws a warm, effulgent sound from the orchestra." (The Evening Standard)

"Not only was the production a great one to attend as a first opera, but the DVD is perhaps as good an introduction to opera as one could hope for, a success on almost every front." (Musicweb International)

Extra features

Illustrated Synopsis & animated Cast gallery.Interview with Colin Davis.Fairytales feature.Cinema trailer.

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