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Weekend Streams

Every weekend you can experience highlights from our opera and ballet programme here! We come to your home and wish you much pleasure with our selected recordings of top-class productions.

»Hänsel und Gretel/ Hansel and Gretel«

Fairy tale drama in three acts by Engelbert Humperdinck
Video available from 29 May, 2 p.m. to 1 June 2020, 11 p.m. 

We would like to thank MDR and EuroArts for providing the video and their friendly support.

 

Cast  

Conductor Michael Hofstetter
Staging Katharina Thalbach
Set Design & Costume Design Ezio Toffolutti
Lighting Design Jan Seeger
Children’s Choir Andreas Heinze
Choreography Erica Trivett
Dramaturgy Hans-Georg Wegner

With Antigone Papoulkas (Hansel), Anna Gabler (Gretel), Hans-Joachim Ketelsen (Peter, Father), Irmgard Vilsmaier (Gertrud, Mother), Iris Vermillion (Witch), Lydia Teuscher (Sandmännchen, Taumännchen)

Kinderchor der Semperoper Dresden (Children’s Choir of the Semperoper Dresden)
Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden
Dancers of the Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden

Generously supported by the Stiftung Semperoper – Förderstiftung

Premiere 9 December 2006
Recording of the production of the Semperoper Dresden in December 2006

Plot  

In the fairytale forest, we encounter the familiar figures of the poor siblings who have lost their way as well as the Gingerbread Witch. The story comes to a head in the famous edible house, which is sweet on the outside but a death trap within. In 1893 Engelbert Humperdinck transformed the tale by the Brothers Grimm into a work which is probably the most famous fairy-tale opera in the repertoire. In this production by Katharina Thalbach, the action is enlivened by additional figures from Grimms’ fairy tales to create a brilliant show for the whole family. Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and the Big Bad Wolf take children and adults on a musical journey that ends with the fall of the Witch’s realm and the victory of good over evil, proclaimed by the gingerbread children: »We’re saved, we’re freed, for ever more«.

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Stream guide

»Hänsel und Gretel/ Hansel and Gretel«

Fairy tale drama in three acts by Engelbert Humperdinck
Conductor Michael Hofstetter
Staging Katharina Thalbach

Recording of the production of the Semperoper Dresden in December 2006

Video available from 29 May, 2 p.m. to 1 June 2020, 11 p.m.
We would like to thank MDR and EuroArts for providing the video and their friendly support.

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»Der Freischütz«

Romantic opera in three acts by Carl Maria von Weber
Conductor Christian Thielemann
Staging Axel Köhler

Recording of the production of the Semperoper Dresden in May 2015

Video available from 5 June, 2 p.m. to 7 June 2020, 11 p.m.
The recording of Unitel is made available in collaboration with fidelio, the streaming platform with the most beautiful operas, concerts and ballets.

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»Der Nussknacker/The Nutcracker«

Ballet in two acts by Aaron S. Watkin and Jason Beechey
Music Pjotr I. Tschaikowsky

Schriftzug mdr in blauen Buchstaben A recording of the MDR. First broadcast on 1 December 2013.

Video available from 12 June, 2 p.m. to 14 June 2020, 11 p.m.

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»Cavalleria rusticana«

Melodram in one act by Pietro Mascagni
Conductor Christian Thielemann
Staging Philipp Stölzl

Recording of the performance in the Grosses Festspielhaus (Large Festival Hall) Salzburg in March 2015

Video available from 19 June, 2 p.m. to 21 June 2020, 11 p.m.
The recording of Unitel is made available in collaboration with fidelio, the streaming platform with the most beautiful operas, concerts and ballets. 

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»Pagliacci«

Drama in two acts and one prologue by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Conductor Christian Thielemann
Staging Philipp Stölzl

Recording of the performance in the Grosses Festspielhaus (Large Festival Hall) Salzburg in March 2015

Video available from 26 June, 2 p.m. to 28 June 2020, 11 p.m.
The recording of Unitel is made available in collaboration with fidelio, the streaming platform with the most beautiful operas, concerts and ballets. 

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»Der Rosenkavalier«

Comedy for music in three acts by Richard Strauss
Conductor Fabio Luisi
Staging Uwe Eric Laufenberg

Recording of the production in the NHK Hall, Tokyo in November 2007

Video available from 10 July, 2 p.m. to 12 July 2020, 11 p.m.
We would like to thank MDR and EuroArts for providing the video and their friendly support.

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