Fantastic storylines abound in opera, but these grand musical settings of much-loved fairytales embrace the imaginary, giving free rein to dreams. The Royal Opera’s acclaimed Hansel and Gretel combines the directors’ characteristic wit and knack for dark comedy with the story’s enduring charm. Glyndebourne’s recounting of the quick-witted fox’s escape into nature balances the opera’s whimsy and mysticism. Opera North’s enchanting staging of Jonathan Dove’s 21st opera is a wittily inventive feast for the eyes and ears, shining new light on Collodi’s original tale, by turns magical and dark.
On Hansel and Gretel with Colin Davis · Fairytales feature · Creating Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen Thoughts on The Adventures of Pinocchio by the Composer, Librettist, Director and ConductorIllustrated synopses of Hansel and Gretel and The Adventures of Pinocchio · Cast Galleries
Running time: 474 minutes
Sound format: LPCM 2.0 & DTS Digital Surround 5.1 (DVD)
Subtitles: English, Français, Deutsch (All Titles); Español, Italiano (Hansel und Gretel, Pinocchio); Korean (Vixen --- Main Feature Only)