This is a recent rehearsal for Opera OGGI New York’s performance of Hansel and Gretel. The show will take place in Flatbush Reform Church at 890 Flatbush Avenue at 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 8th. You can buy tickets here. You can read about the production and the people behind it here.
The video is a good introduction to the show but it sounds much better in person. There’s no one to blame for that — capturing the sound of an opera on camera is a tricky task and this is a very admirable attempt. And yet the pianist and these singers manage to sound beautiful despite all that.
On top of everything, Hansel (Allison Waggener) seems to have invented a brilliant hip hop plus opera boogie that she ought to patent.