Holding a PhD in clinical child psychology from The Ohio State University, Beth Grosshans operated a New Jersey-based private practice for 15 years prior to retiring to focus on research and writing. In retirement, Beth Grosshans stays busy by serving on the advisory board of the New York Metropolitan Opera.
The Met's 2017-18 season includes 26 stage productions, including Hansel and Gretel, which is slated for seven performances between December 18 and January 6. Based on the popular Brothers Grimm tale, German composer Engelbert Humperdinck was the first to adapt the story for the stage as an opera production. It was also Humperdinck's first complete opera and, to this day, remains the most significant work of his career.
While opera version of the story acknowledges many of the dark aspects included in the Brothers Grimm tale, it presents them within the constructs of grace and humor. This year's Met production of Hansel and Gretel is being produced by Richard Jones and conducted by Donald Runnicles. Tara Erraught and Lisette Oropesa will play the roles of Hansel and Gretel respectively for six of the seven performances, while Ingeborg Gillebo and Maureen McKay will do so for the December 28 production.
Experienced Psychologist Beth Grosshans Lectures on Child Development