How could it not be dark when someone says, ‘I’m going to bake you in an oven and eat you”?

-Alice Coote (Hansel, in the Met’s Hansel and Gretel by Humperdinck)

Well, yes, it does seem rather dark, eh? The quote above is from this article The opera will be in movie theatres on January 1. Go here to start the search for locations near you. (It will be simulcast here, at a Santana Row’s CineArts 6 Theatre, at 10:00 AM, as well as some other nearby theatres. Click here for the local info in San Jose.) I haven’t purchased a ticket yet, but I’m definitely considering going. Anyone else out there planning on this?

I’ve never sat in the audience for this opera (it’s not on my top ten list or anything), although I’ve played it. Opera San José did it years ago. If I’m remembering correctly we did back-to-back shows, too, which was grueling, especially since they reduced the orchestra and I was the lone oboe. I don’t remember much, but I remember my mouth was a wee bit tired at the end!

2 Comments

  1. This is the production that played in SF a few years ago. I liked it very much, though it was certainly oddball. I love the opera a bit beyond reason, given its modest scale, but such great music!

  2. Well, I’m certainly an oddball … so maybe I’ll like it a lot?! ;-)