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Humperdinck: Hänsel and Gretel DVD (The Royal Opera)

Directors Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser bring their characteristic wit and a dash of deliciously dark comedy to the fairytale opera Hänsel and Gretel. Humperdinck’s music mixes catchy folk-like songs with sumptuous instrumental colour, making the result as tunefully approachable and musically memorable as opera gets. Diana Damrau and Angelika Kirchschlager are joined by two of Britain’s most revered musical figures: Thomas Allen, playing the role of Peter, and renowned conductor Colin Davis. 

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Composer: Engelbert Humperdinck
Hansel: Angelika Kirchschlager
Gretel: Diana Damrau
Gertrud: Elizabeth Connell
Peter: Thomas Allen
Witch: Anja Silja
Sandman: Pumeza Matshikiza
Dew Fairy: Anita Watson 

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Concert Master: Peter Manning
Conductor: Colin Davis
Tiffin Boys' Choir and Children's Chorus
Director of Music: Simon Toyne
Stage Directors: Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier
Set Designs: Christian Fenouillat
Costume Designs: Agostino Cavalca
Lighting Design: Christophe Forey

Plus: Illustrated synopsis and animated cast gallery, interview with Colin Davis, fairytales feature, cinema trailer

Picture: 16:9 HD
Sound: 5.1 DTS Surround/ PCM Stereo
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT
Format: NTSC
Region code: 0 Worldwide
Running time: 138 mins 
Year: 2009