Magazine article Opera Canada

Lyric Opera of Chicago. (Opera in Review)

Magazine article Opera Canada

Lyric Opera of Chicago. (Opera in Review)

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Lyric Opera of Chicago's Hansel und Gretel was not only its first ever but may also have been the city's first hearing in decades of Humperdinck's original orchestration. Recent productions by other groups (resident, touring, university) have pared down the Wagnerian-style score. Moreover, this may have been the first time Chicago has heard it in German, all others of recent memory using an English translation.

The Welsh National Opera production (staged by Richard Jones, designed by John MacFarlane) studiously works against the almost tangible romanticism of the music. In fact, it looked like nothing more than a cheapie production masquerading as avant garde. The Witch's domain, however, was amusingly presented as a huge, high-tech but sloppy kitchen, with some hilarious antics by Eugenie Grunewald. Her cooking preparations evoked famed TV chef Julia Child.

Obviously aware that the orchestration is disproportionate to a tale where the principals must convey the illusion of being children, conductor Mark Elder conscientiously tried to keep the sound down, but this resulted in a tepid interpretation and couldn't help Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz, whose Gretel was mostly inaudible even from the front rows. …

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