The Met's family-friendly Hansel and Gretel comes to the Clark in HD

For Immediate Release

December 14, 2011

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Richard Jones’s family-friendly production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel comes to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Wednesday, December 28 at 2:00 pm. A rebroadcast of the 2008 Met production, this wickedly funny English-language program will run 123 minutes with no intermission. The Clark will serve complimentary cocoa and cookies after the performance. Tickets are $12.50 ($10 for members and students) and may be ordered online or by calling 413 458 0MET (458 0638). The box office will also be open one hour before the performance, and the doors will open at 1:30 pm.

In Humperdinck’s interpretation of the classic Grimm’s fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel get lost in the woods while picking strawberries and are visited by the Sandman, who lulls them to sleep. They spend the night in the forest, guarded by angels, only to awaken and stumble into the clutches of Rosina Dainty-mouth, an evil witch who lives in a gingerbread house and plans to gobble them up. Of Richard Jones's 2009 production, The New York Times raved, "This Hansel and Gretel is serious opera, if by 'serious' we mean a story with depth, world-class performances, and glorious music. A joy for all ages, it would make a fine introduction for any opera neophyte, child or adult." Christine Schäfer is Gretel, with Alice Coote as Hansel. Philip Langridge is the Witch who plots to bake them into gingerbread.

The Met: Live in HD 2011-2012 Season continues with The Enchanted Island by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, and others on January 21; Wagner’s Götterdämmerung on February 11; Verdi’s Ernani on February 25; Massenet’s Manon on April 7; and Verdi’s La Traviata on April 14. The Clark’s intimate auditorium is one of the best performance venues in the region, with comfortable seating and soaring acoustics. Tickets are $25 ($18 for members and students) and may be ordered online or by calling 413 458 0MET (458 0638).

The Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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December 28: Richard Jones’s family-friendly production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel comes to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Wednesday, December 28 at 2:00 pm. A rebroadcast of the 2008 Met production, this wickedly funny English-language program will run 123 minutes with no intermission. The Clark will serve complimentary cocoa and cookies after the performance. Tickets are $12.50 ($10 for members and students) and may be ordered online or by calling 413 458 0MET (458 0638). The box office will also be open one hour before the performance, and the doors will open at 1:30 pm. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

Contact: 
pr@clarkart.edu

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