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Based on a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, Engelbert Humperdinck's
beloved opera is traditionally often performed at Christmastime as a treat
for children. Humperdinck had originally planned to write a simple work
with a spoken text and folksong-like melodies. It turned out to be a full-
fledged, Wagnerian-style opera that was premiered in 1893 by no less a
conductor than Richard Strauss, who termed the work "a masterpiece of the
first rank." For this lavish production staged and directed by August
Everding, a cast of top singers has been put together, including Brigitte
Fassbaender, Edita Gruberova, Hermann Prey, Helga Dernesch and Sena
Jurinac. Sir Georg Solti conducts the Vienna Philharmonic.
||Hänsel und Gretel
||Edita Gruberová, Brigitte Fassbaender, Hermann Prey, Helga Dernesch, Sena Jurinac