Cher Public

Broadcast: Hansel and Gretel

Starting at 7:30, cher public, the Met broadcast of Hansel and Gretel featuring Lisette Oropesa. (Photo: Marty Sohl)

  • Susan

    That right there, worth the price of admission.

  • Brackweaver

    Does anyone know the orchestral term, German I think, for when a scale starts low and works its way up passing through different types of instruments?

    • Brackweaver

      There’s a famous example in The Nutcracker…

      • Lohenfal

        Klangfarbenmelodie, associated with the Second Viennese School, but also occurring in earlier music.

        • Brackweaver

          Thank you. It could be klangfarbenmelodie. I’m not sure I defined my question thoroughly enough. The term I’m looking for describes what is usually a counter-melody that moves up and down the scale frequently involving different instrumentation. The example I can think of is in The March Of The Toy Soldiers from the Nutcracker. The counter-melody starts with (I’m guessing) cellos/violas passing to violins ending with the piccolo. There was a smaller example in Act I of H&G…somewhere.

          • Susan

            I checked with a professor who’s the head of a well known orchestral music department and sent him your question. he said if there was a word for it he doesn’t know it. sorry

            • Brackweaver

              Thank you for checking.

    • WindyCityOperaman

      Introduction of Mozart’s “Marten aller Arten”.

      • Brackweaver

        I just checked it out via YouTube score animation and it’s a good one! Thanks.

    • NineDragonSpot

      Let’s coin one: Die Mannheimer Farbenrakete.

  • Ivy Lin

    I saw this in the house last week. Oropesa was great, Zajick has an amazing voice but her English is complete mush, and Erraught cancelled after the first act and her understudy went on. Quinn Kelsey had the best English diction.
    http://poisonivywalloftext.blogspot.com/2017/12/mets-hansel-and-gretel-is-full-course.html

  • Susan

    LONG intermission chat

  • Ivy Lin

    Anyone watching the KC Honors?

    • jacobelli

      I usually do, but this year I have absolutely no interest in any of the honorees.

  • Bill Hardt

    It feels so rushed…

    • steveac10

      Yes, but that was a much more substantial voice than we usually get as the dew fairy -- she needed more room to accommodate.

      • Ivy Lin

        I heard Park last week in the house and she gives off a very nervous, jittery vibe. Can’t explain it but she has good basic material but when she sings she makes you nervous.

  • Brackweaver

    Yeah. Not comfortable sounding

  • Amika

    Those trills.. i’d set my ringtone to them.

  • Ivy Lin

    Gerhard Siegel’s English is somehow better than Dolora’s. And Dolora’s American.

    • Amika

      She doesn’t seem to use consonants at all.

  • Ivy Lin

    I can’t help but think Lisette would be a great Lucia, better than both Olga Peretyatko and Pretty Yende.

    • Amika

      The reaction to her ROH Lucia was pretty universally lauded.

    • jacobelli

      I think you’re right. Yende always sounds kind of shrill to me, and Peretyatko never does anything for me. Hopefully Oropesa will get a chance at the Met.

    • Nelly della Vittoria

      Not least because she’s consistently in tune.

  • Ivy Lin

    I always describe H&G as a Wagnerian operetta.

    • Juan

      Mini Wagner. Too bad there wasn’t more works by Humperdinck. A fantastic composer.

      • I’m going to give Königskinder another spin -- probably several spins. I’ve never given it enough attention.

  • Ivy Lin

    The ending to this H&G with the witch’s charred body is pretty grisly.