Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel”

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When it seemed that Wagner’s music-dramas were un-toppable, his one-time assistant Engelbert Humperdinck showed that the way forward lay in going back to folk-tunes and fairytales, a world delightfully captured in Richard Sparks’ new English translation of Adelheid Wette’s libretto. But for World War I, he might have ended up in Australia. These were among my thoughts as I reviewed LA Opera’s November offering of “Hansel and Gretel“.

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