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Release Date:

Feb 2019

Subtitles (All):


Subitles (Hansel und Gretel; Pinocchio):


Subtitles (Vixen - main feature only):


Sound Format:

LPCM 2.0 & LPCM 5.1 (Hansel); LPCM 2.0 & DTS HD Master Audio 5.1 (Vixen); Dolby True HD 2.0 5.1 (Pinocchio)

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FairyTale Operas (Opera North, Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne)

Angelika Kirchschlager (Hansel); Diana Damrau (Gretel); Lucy Crowe (Vixen); Emma Bell (Fox (Cunning Vixen)); Victoria Simmonds (Pinocchio); Jonathan Summers (Geppetto (Pinocchio));

Fantastic storylines abound in opera, but these grand musical settings of much-loved fairytales embrace the imaginary, giving free rein to dreams. The Royal Operas acclaimed Hansel and Gretel combines the directors characteristic wit and knack for dark comedy with the story's enduring charm. Glyndebourne's recounting of the quick-witted fox's escape into nature balances the opera's whimsy and mysticism. Opera North's enchanting staging of Jonathan Dove's 21st opera is a wittily inventive feast for the eyes and ears, shining new light on Collodi's original tale, by turns magical and dark.

Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel (2008) - The Royal Opera

Angelika Kirchschlager - Hansel

Diana Damrau - Gretel

The Orchestra of The Royal Opera House

Royal Opera Chorus

Conductor - Colin Davis

Stage Directors - Moshe Leiser & Patrice Caurier

Janacek: The Cunning Little Vixen (2012) - Glyndebourne

Lucy Crowe - Vixen

Emma Bell - Fox

The Glyndebourne Chorus

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor - Vladimir Jurowski

Stage Director - Melly Still

Dove / Middleton: The Adventures of Pinocchio (2008) - Opera North

Victoria Simmonds - Pinocchio

Jonathan Summers - Geppetto

Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North

Conductor - David Parry

Stage Director - Martin Duncan


"What an inspired and exciting opera this is. Gorgeous characters, a busy story rich in incident and an exhilarating mix of music. Delight follows delight." (The Stage - The Adventures of Pinocchio)

"Not only was the production a great one to attend as a first opera, but the DVD is perhaps as good an introduction to opera as one could hope for, a success on almost every front." (Musicweb International - Hansel und Gretel)

"Lucy Crowe’s glowingly sung Vixen ...Tom Pye’s Hockneyish designs are evocative of a world of childish wonder, with animal costumes which cleverly suggest human characteristic." (The Daily Telegraph - The Cunning Little Vixen)

Extra features

On Hansel and Gretel with Colin Davis; Fairytales feature; Creating Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen; Thoughts on The Adventures of Pinocchio by the Composer, Librettist, Director and Conductor; Illustrated synopses of Hansel and Gretel and The Adventures of Pinocchio; Cast Galleries