Composer: Englebert Humperdinck
Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
Conductor: Dean Williamson
Opera Cleveland serves up a hearty and graceful “Hansel and Gretel”. Chuck Hudson’s fluid staging kept the events moving blissfully along, with fine attention to characterization and atmosphere…the inventive episode during the pantomime featuring Hansel and Gretel’s deceased mother (danced by Lisa L. Lock) added psychological resonance. Donald Rosenberg, Plain Dealer Reporter
Choices for memorable classical performances in Cleveland this year–Opera Cleveland: The company began its second season with a new artistic director, Dean Williamson, who already has raised vocal, orchestral and production standards. A challenging economic road lies ahead for the organization, but its 2008 productions suggested that artistic stability is in place. D.R.
‘Hansel and Gretel’ ‘fine production’ : Director Chuck Hudson and conductor Dean Williamson do an excellent job with the opera…Although much of the show is directed to children, the story has adult themes. Hudson and Williamson succeed in offering a fine production to both children and adults. David Ritchey, West Side Leader
Read the Preview Article “Hansel and Gretel Hot in the Oven” on Cleveland’s Plain Dealer Website.