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Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 6:30 PM (PREVIEW PERFORMANCE)
Humperdinck's Märchenoper (“fairy-tale opera”) is a family affair, not just in the story of the brother and sister lost in the woods and nearly eaten by a wicked witch, but its libretto was written by none other than Humperdinck's sister. True to its origins in Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Hansel & Gretel is a darkly beautiful work with a rich orchestration: it's definitely not just for kids. The Resident Artists of Pittsburgh Opera take the major roles in this new production, with performances at CAPA Theater Downtown.
In the title roles, first-year Resident Artist Suzanne Vinnik and second-year Resident Artist Stephanie Lauricella (Rinaldo, 2011; Dialogues of the Carmelites, 2011) appear as Gretel and Hansel. Alexandra Loutsion (The Barber of Seville, 2010; Rinaldo, 2011) sings the dual roles of Mother and the Witch, alongside new Resident Artist Kyle Oliver as Father. Pittsburgh Opera Head of Music Glenn Lewis conducts.
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(cast is listed in order of vocal appearance)
Conductor: Glenn Lewis
Stage Director: Ted Huffman+
Set Designer: Patrick Rizzotti
Costume Designer: Toni West
Lighting Designer: Stevie O'Brian Agnew
Wig & Makeup Designer: James Geier
Chorus Master: Mark Trawka
Associate Coach/Pianist: James Lesniak
Assistant Director: Stephanie Havey*
+ Pittsburgh Opera debut
* Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist
** Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist alumni
New production by Pittsburgh Opera
Click to hear music from Hansel & Gretel
Hansel & Gretel pray in the forest: “Evening Prayer” (E. Schwartzkopf, E. Grümmer)
The Witch is dead! “Jucchei! Nun ist die Hexe tot”