The Royal Opera - Hansel und Gretel Reviews
30 March 2017
Diana Damrau (Gretel), Angelika Kirchschlager (Hansel), Anja Silja (Witch)
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Anja Silja (Witch)
Angelika Kirchschlager (Hansel), Diana Damrau (Gretel), Anja Silja (Witch)
Angelika Kirchschlager (Hansel), Diana Damrau (Gretel)

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Hansel und Gretel

The Royal Opera

No. of reviews: 2

Into the woods
13 Jan 09 / Mundo Clásico (English)
Joyeusement morbide
13 Jan 09 / Altamusica
Silja dons rubber breasts, creepy makeup as child-eating witch
Anja Silja glides into view caked in makeup and dangling rubber breasts. She licks her lips at the sight of some tasty children, covers up her decolletage, and approaches her prey with the aid of a walker.
A tale of two Hansel and Gretels
Opera North did it with a six-piece band, and an audience of squirming 9-year-olds. The Royal Opera production was all about luxury casting and a sublime orchestral sound.
Sir Colin Davis on Covent Garden's new Hansel and Gretel
'Fairies and witches and giants have kind of gone out of fashion – they only appear in children's cartoons. But Humperdinck takes them seriously. I like that very much; it's an honest piece.'
A conductor’s fairytale career
If conductors are defined by popular stereotype as advanced in age, snowy-haired, and slightly tyrannical, Robin Ticciati – gifted, 25 – breaks the mould.
Interview: Angelika Kirchschlager
Angelika Kirchschlager is pretty relaxed about being the finest lyric mezzo in the world today.
The mezzo who hit her forte
With operetta and Hansel and Gretel beckoning for Angelika Kirchschlager, she tells our correspondent why life is sweet.
Production details
Kirchschlager/Coote, Damrau/Tilling, Allen/Schulte, Connell/Vilsmaier, Silja/Murray, Matshikiza/Nakamura, Watson/Mihai
(c) Davis/Ticciati (d) Caurier/Leiser
Performance dates
9, 11, 12, 14(m), 14, 16, 18, 21, 28, 29(m), 30 December 2008, 1 January 2009
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