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Lark Reviews, March 2019

Fairytale Operas – HUMPERDINCK, E. / JANÁČEK, L. / DOVE, J. (2008-2012) (5-DVD Box Set) (NTSC) OA1270BD
Fairytale Operas – HUMPERDINCK, E. / JANÁČEK, L. / DOVE, J. (2008-2012) (3-Blu-ray Disc Box Set) OABD7246BD

The Hansel & Gretel comes from the Royal Opera under Colin Davis and dates from 2008; The Cunning Little Vixen is the Glyndebourne production of 2012 conducted by Vladimir Jurowski and Jonathan Dove’s The Adventures of Pinocchio is from Opera North under David Parry in 2008. The linkage may be somewhat dubious but the strength of the individual productions makes this a very satisfactory line up. The Vixen is probably the most familiar of the three, though the Hansel & Gretel was famous at the time for the performance of Anja Silja as the Witch. Having first seen her in Bayreuth in 1965 her performance here is amazing and quite compelling. The rarity if the Jonathan Dove which is certainly not out of place and will hopefully be seen by far more enthusiasts because of the coupling. With box sets being such a normal part of life today it should succeed. © 2019 Lark Reviews

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