Having been blown away by a Met Opera direct screening at the cinema I was anxious to see how a DVD presentation of a Met Live production fared on my big Sony Bravia HD telly. The home product could not have the same impact as a cinema presentation in a full theatre but was one of the best TV/DVD experiences since the big telly came into the house.
Being a country resident in regional New South Wales with but rare opportunities to visit a proper Opera House, the Met's production of Hansel and Gretel is the first I have seen. Such a wonderful departure from reality with the over-sized sets making the 'children' appear child sized and the introduction of the amazing creatures in rubber skins had me intrigued - Sasha Cooke's Sandman had me imagining Edward Scissorhands.
I was delighted by the singing of the two children, Christine Schafer and Alice Coote - how could you possible expect real children to handle such difficult roles. Rosalind Plowright was a surprise - so young and slender looking for that great voice.
Then there was slightly build Philip Langridge in the rubber fat suit as The Witch. Unique, hilarious, brilliant.
Renee Fleming's talks backstage during the acts enhanced my enjoyment of the production.
Oh yes, Hansel and Gretel was well worth the money.