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December 23 in history:

Two days before Christmas, eighteen-twenty-three
Folks first read this poem of holiday glee.

A verse called “A Visit from St. Nicholas” 212 more words

Today In History

Wagnerian Influences in Humperdinck's 'Hansel and Gretel'

On the 23rd of December 1893, Hansel and Gretel, an opera by Engelbert Humperdinck, premiered in Weimar, under the baton of Richard Strauss. Humperdinck composed nine works  in total for the stage. 624 more words

Folklore

Hansel & Gretel: Let Them Eat Cake

As a holiday treat David Copperfield took Heidi and Alice in Wonderland to Hansel & Gretel at the Metropolitan Opera. This Humperdinck opera, in a production by Richard Jones, gives viewers the chance to see familiar fairy tale characters in a slightly wacky light–the children get lost in a forest full of trees comprised of besuited men wearing antler-like branches; they are served a banquet presided over by gigantic chefs and a fish-headed butler; the Wicked Witch is like a deranged Italian mama, forcing cake down their throats the better to eat them. 166 more words

A Series of Snippets #1 | Blood is Thick

Drafts are scary things. They expose us in our rawest form as writers. They’re the naked face of prose before she’s had time to apply her makeup. 91 more words

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Hansel & Gretel

Hansel and Gretel is a lesser produced ballet and so lesser known. The modern ballet music is hard to find—I, myself, couldn’t find the Edvard Grieg ballet music to download. 327 more words

Ballet

Hansel and Gretel in HD

I’ve been skeptical about self-driving cars, but last Saturday, instead of driving me to the hike I’d planned, my car somehow found it’s way to the Cinemark at Valley View just in time for the Met’s special “holiday” encore presentation in HD of it’s 2008 production of Humperdinck’s… 431 more words

Incompatible Genres: The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy

In The True Story of Hansel and Gretel, Louise Murphy maintains the iconic elements of her fairy-tale source material: the brother and sister, the breadcrumbs, the witch in the woods, the oven. 481 more words

Review