Staging directors Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser infuse German composer Engelbert Humperdinck's fairy-tale opera with more than a dollop of black humor in this 2008 London performance that's both enchanting and menacing. Angelika Kirchschlager and Diana Damrau play Hansel and Gretel, respectively, and beloved British baritone Thomas Allen portrays their father in an outstanding production led by maestro Colin Davis.
Languishing in obscurity performing under his given name, crooner Gerry Dorsey shot to stardom when Tom Jones's manager suggested he try the Engelbert Humperdinck moniker instead. The rest, as they say, is history -- much of it captured here. In performances shot on vintage kinescope, film and video, the "King of Romance" lends his silky smooth vocals to hits such as "Release Me," "After the Lovin'" and "Quando, Quando, Quando."
In this memorable concert filmed at London's Royal Albert Hall in 1985, pop music legend Engelbert Humperdinck joins the London Philharmonic Orchestra to perform many of his hits. Songs include "Please Release Me," "After the Loving," "Lonely Is a Man Without Love" and "I Just Called To Say I Love You."