Ann Shaffer continues a beloved tradition on her program "A Time for Singing." For the 27th straight year, she'll host the WTJU Christmas Week broadcast of Englebert Humperdinck's opera, "Hansel and Gretel." This special broadcast can be heard on WTJU 91.1fm Tuesday, December 29 from 7-9 pm, or online at wtju.net.
Englebert Humperdinck composed this fairy tale opera in 1892, at the urging of his sister, Adelheid Wette. She had written the libretto for the Hansel and Gretel story for a children's Christmas production, and asked her brother to provide the music. The rest is history.
Richard Strauss conducted the premier on December 23, 1893 and the work has always been associated with the holiday season.
Ann Shaffer will guide you through the opera, providing insightful commentary on performers and the production.