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Subject: Re: "Hansel and Gretel" at the Met, Dec 16th - a tenor Witch
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Date:Mon, 19 Dec 2011 09:05:44 -0500

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The Met database shows that the company first used a tenor witch on Dec. 25, 
1910 (as well as other performances in the 1910-11 season).  That Dec. 25
performance was attended by Humperdinck, who was brought out for a curtain 

Those of us who know our old recordings will recognize the 1910 witch:  Albert 
Reiss, who participates as Mime in the ca. 1930 recordings of Siegfried with 
Melchior.  I wonder how many singers can claim to have included both the Witch 
and Mime in their repertoires.

I suppose companies use a male witch for variety of sound, but I much prefer a 
woman's voice in the role.

Bob Kosovsky, Ph.D. -- Curator, Rare Books and Manuscripts,
Music Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
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