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Hansel and Gretel
Aired March 26 at 9:00 p.m. on CPTV
Most fairy tales â€” while charming on the outside â€” resonate long past bedtime with darker underpinnings. In this family favorite, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, Alice Coote and Christine SchÃ¤fer play the siblings lost in a shadowy world of unknown menace, pursued by the witch (portrayed by tenor Philip Langridge) who seeks to devour them. The English-language production of Engelbert Humperdinckâ€™s masterful treatment of the beloved story by the Brothers Grimm was originally created for Welsh National Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago. The opera was recorded in high definition, with initial live transmission to theaters around the world.