LA Opera’s “Hansel & Gretel” Is A Christmas Masterpiece Not To Be Missed

By Brent Lambert (@FEELguide)

When LA Opera’s General Director, Plácido Domingo, announced in late October that composer Engelbert Humperdinck’s brilliant rendition of the German opera Hansel and Gretel would be coming to town, it was the icing on the cake of an already incredible 2018-19 lineup.

“A true masterpiece of the German operatic repertoire, Hansel and Gretel tells a beloved story with a powerful message of courage in the face of adversity,” noted Mr. Domingo. “I love to see families come to the opera together, and I have no doubt that this extraordinary production, returning to our stage for the first time since 2006, will entrance audiences both young and old.”

Conducted by James Conlon, the company’s Richard Seaver Music Director, and sung in English, Hansel and Gretel kicked off on November 17, and its final must-see show is on December 15 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90012).

Designed by Doug Fitch, the jaw-dropping art directions is a feast for the eyes and the imagination. From the enchanted moonlit forest and its 30-foot-tall glowing mushrooms, to its incredible collection of magical creatures with glowing eyes, a visual bounty awaits you. You can see a glimpse of Doug’s incredible designs at DouglasFitch.com.

Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham makes her role debut as the Witch, after recently starring in the title role of The Merry Widow at the Metropolitan Opera and as Didon in Les Troyens at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Last season, she joined LA Opera as Artistic Advisor to LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program. Mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke makes her company debut as Hansel. She recently created the title role of Nico Muhly’s Marnie for English National Opera, and her future appearances include Eduige in Rodelinda at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu and the title role of Orlando with San Francisco Opera. The role of Gretel is performed by soprano Liv Redpath, a member of LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, whose many appearances with the company include the leading roles of Olympia in The Tales of Hoffmann and Amour in Orpheus and Eurydice.

The Mother is played by soprano Melody Moore, who most recently appeared with LA Opera in the title role of Tosca in 2017. Bass-baritone Craig Colclough performs the role of the Father, after numerous company appearances including Count Monterone in Rigoletto earlier this year. In addition to Ms. Redpath, two other current members of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program appear in featured roles: mezzo-soprano Taylor Raven as the Sandman and, in her company debut, soprano Sarah Vautour as the Dew Fairy.

Below are the final three performances of Hansel and Gretel.

• Sunday, December 9, 2018, at 2pm
• Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at 7:30pm
• Saturday, December 15, 2018, at 7:30pm

Get your tickets now before it’s too late! They begin at $16 and can be purchased online at LAOpera.org, by phone at 213.972.8001, or in person at the LA Opera box office at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90012). For disability access, call 213.972.0777 or email LAOpera@LAOpera.org.

For additional information about this presentation, visit LAOpera.org/Hansel.
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About The Author

Brent Lambert
IG: @FEELguide

Brent Lambert is a Los Angeles-based editor, writer, Entertainment Editor for BELLO magazine, as well as the founder and Editor-in-Chief of FEELguide.com. He also has a degree in architecture, is a Photoshop whiz, and in his spare time dabbles in set design and illustration (portfolio: unifiedFEEL.com).

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