One of the most beloved fairy tales of all times, the Brothers Grimm's story was further immortalized by Engelbert Humperdinck's lushly romantic operatic adaptation, expertly led in this broadcast by conductor Andrew Davis. Jennifer Johnson Cano and Heidi Stober sing the title roles in this English-langauge version, with Robert Brubaker giving a tour-de-force performance as the evil Witch. Dwayne Croft and Michaela Martens are the siblings' parents, and Carolyn Sproule as the Sandman and Ying Fang as the Dew Fairy complete the cast.
Overture Goosey, goosey gander Alright, I'll tell you on one condition Little brother, dance with me Hansel! What the hell d'you think you are doing? Out! Out! Go at once Ral-la-la-la, ral-la-la-la But wait...where are Hansel and Gretel? At night it's a gruesome and sordid place The witch's ride A dwarf stood in the forest but never spoke Hurray! Just look at these berries, the basket's groaning! Cuckoo, cuckoo, eggs are blue! Gretel, I think we've lost our way I am the little sandman Where each child lays down its head Dream pantomime Prelude When dew drops on the daisy Where am I? I feel so good here in the wood Keep still! Not a sound! Nobody answers Greedy little mousey My name's Rosina Lickspittle Halt! Hocus pocus Now Gretel, you're the sensible one The dough is made So hopp hopp hopp, galopp lopp lopp Now wake up, it's time to eat Ja hei! Now that the witch is dead The dead arise, but cannot see Look...they are standing there!
Heidi Stober, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Robert Brubaker, Dwayne Croft ; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus ; Andrew Davis, conductor.
Recorded live 2015 the Metropolitan Opera, New York, New York. Duration: 1 hr., 42 min., 59 sec. Vendor-supplied metadata.