Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel @ Bozar

A breathtaking performance: The conductor leads the motivated orchestra wonderfully, bringing to light the varied palette of colours of Humperdinck’s score. The singers sang a concert performance but behind the orchestra a screen showed a mix of projections, shadow puppetry and life acting which was all done and performed life outside the stage and projected same-time onto the screen. The effects were stunning. The creators brought me into a  magical fairy tale world showing that lower budget productions can be as enjoyable as famous-name productions. I, anyway, was fascinated. The singers sang well adding their bit to a marvellous evening.

 

Muzikale leiding-Lothar Koenigs, Live projections-Manual Cinema, Peter-Dietrich Henschel, Gertrud-Natascha Petrinsky, Hansel-Gaelle Arquez, Gretel-Talia Or, Die Knusperhexe-Georg Nigl, Sandmännchen und Taumannchen-Ilse Eerens

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