This season’s run of performances begins on Friday, December 16, with a total of eight performances through January 7, 2012. The Met has made Hansel and Gretel an English-version, family-oriented opera event, with a December 22, 6:30 pm (local time) Encore presentation of the original 2008 Live in HD transmission in select movie theaters throughout the country. For a complete list of participating theaters, visit here.
While the opera’s plot has no direct holiday connection, the brother-sister duo’s encounter with a gingerbread house-dwelling Witch does bear an air of whimsy and inexplicable magic in keeping with the holiday season. This production features Kate Lindsey and Alice Coote taking turns as Hansel, Aleksandra Kurzak as Gretel, and Robert Brubaker as the Witch. For more information about the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Hansel and Gretel , visit the Met’s website.