A Christmas Celebration: The Nutcracker / Hansel and Gretel | Opus Arte OA1090BD

A Christmas Celebration: The Nutcracker / Hansel and Gretel

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Label: Opus Arte

Cat No: OA1090BD

Format: DVD

Number of Discs: 3

Release Date: 1st October 2012

Contents

Artists

Miyako Yoshida
Ricardo Cervera
Steven McRae
Gary Avis
Iohna Loots
Angelika Kirchschlager
Diana Damrau
Elizabeth Connell
Thomas Allen
Anja Silja
The Royal Ballet
Tiffin Boys’ Choir and Children’s Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Conductor: Koen Kessels

Conductors

Koen Kessels
Colin Davis

Works

Humperdinck, Engelbert

Hansel und Gretel

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

The Nutcracker, op.71

Artists

Miyako Yoshida
Ricardo Cervera
Steven McRae
Gary Avis
Iohna Loots
Angelika Kirchschlager
Diana Damrau
Elizabeth Connell
Thomas Allen
Anja Silja
The Royal Ballet
Tiffin Boys’ Choir and Children’s Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Conductor: Koen Kessels

Conductors

Koen Kessels
Colin Davis

About

Settle down and enjoy Christmas fun and fantasy for all the family with these two magical classics from the Royal Opera House. All-time ballet favourite The Nutcracker comes to life in this stunning and captivating production – a real delight for adults and children alike.

This is coupled with a spectacular and unforgettable performance of Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel. Imaginatively staged and with a new and original interpretation, this classic fairy tale provides the ideal seasonal treat.

Cast:
The Nutcracker
- The Sugar Plum Fairy: Miyako Yoshida
- Nephew/Nutcracker: Ricardo Cervera
- The Prince: Steven McRae
- Drosselmeyer: Gary Avis
- Clara: Iohna Loots
The Royal Ballet / The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Koen Kessels
Stage Director: Peter Wright

"One of the very best seasonal treats for children and adults alike, the Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker is a handsome, magical, thoroughly traditional rendering of ETA Hoffmann’s immortal if deeply strange story." - Sunday Express

Hansel and Gretel

- Hansel: Angelika Kirchschlager
- Gretel: Diana Damrau
- Gertrud: Elizabeth Connell
- Peter: Thomas Allen
- Witch: Anja Silja
Tiffin Boys’ Choir and Children’s Chorus / The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Colin Davis
Stage Directors: Moshe Leiser & Patrice Caurier

"Angelika Kirchschlager’s tousled, boyish Hänsel and Diana Damrau’s Gretel are dramatically convincing and vocally superb, while their parents, excellently sung and played by Elizabeth Connell and Thomas Allen, earn our sympathy as well as our censure....Colin Davis, unafraid to relish the icing on the cake, draws a warm, effulgent sound from the orchestra." - Evening Standard

Running time: 265 minutes
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES (The Nutcracker), EN/FR/DE/ES/IT (Hansel and Gretel)
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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