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  Hansel and Gretel at Lyric Opera

Hansel and Gretel

Lyric Opera
20 N. Wacker Drive Chicago

This deliciously enthralling show has won accolades on two continents, and the lushly romantic score is beloved by all. But for those who think all fairytales are sugarcoated, remember that the Brothers Grimm usually lived up to their name. Food and the lack of it propel the story of two children who dream not of toys but of having enough to eat. When the family cupboard's bare, their mother (no June Cleaver!) sends them into the very dark forest to find the evening meal. Encounters with the Sandman and the Dew Fairy turn out to be lovely-but meeting the Witch is anything but. Like some deranged Julia Child, she's got a very sinister reason for wanting to add more butter to fatten up these children.

Thru - Jan 19, 2013


Show Type: Opera

Box Office: 312-332-2244

www.lyricopera.org



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  Hansel and Gretel Reviews
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Chicago Stage Review - Highly Recommended

"...Everything about this production is top-notch. Amazing voices in every single role (including supporting players soprano Julie Makerov (mother), baritone Brian Mulligan (father), soprano Emily Birsan (Sandman), soprano Kiri Deonarine (Dew Fairy), and the Anima Young Singers; compelling sets and puppetry, stellar production values and an engaging contemporary vision make this Hänsel und Gretel a "must see" for every opera lover, adventurous theater-goer, and every Chicago kid. We promise you'll be amazed and moved."
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Lori Dana


Chicago On the Aisle - Highly Recommended

"... Lyric’s skilled cast is headlined by mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong as Hänsel and soprano Maria Kanyova as Gretel — smart singers whose adulthood disappears behind a shrewdly managed repertoire of mannerisms that characterize adolescent gangliness, rebellion and high tolerance for icky substances."
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Nancy Malitz


ChicagoCritic - Recommended

"...Hansel und Gretel is filled with charming melodic music that contains gentleness, sweetness, as well as dark motifs. Humperdinck used German folk elements together with original folk tunes to flavor his opera. The score demand much vocal dexterity and Kanyotova and DeShong delightfully have that element in their fine performance. I was thrilled by the darkly comic work by Jill Grove as the manic witch. Brian Williams' father was also appreciated. At only two hours and twenty minutes, Hansel und Gretel is a worthy opera to introduce children to the joys of grand opera. It was nice to see many children ans teens at the opening performance. Hansel und Gretel will captivate all audiences, young and old."
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Tom Williams


Chicago Theatre Review - Recommended

"...Almost everything about this production is stunning, bust most importantly the vocal talent of the cast and musical abilities of the orchestra carry the opera. Baritone Brian Mulligan (the father) fills the house with his weighty words about the witch. DeSshong and Kanyova pair very well together, especially in a sweet prayer duet in the woods, though at times Kanyova is a bit hard to hear as her voice gets lost in the woods. Mezzo-soprano Jill Grove is fantastic as the witch, and her cackling vocal structure will make you laugh and slightly terrified while she prepares Hansel to be eaten. The comedy behind the music and words should not fool you. 'Hänsel un Gretel' is a vocally very difficult opera requiring a lot of finesse which the Lyric cast navigates well."
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