Les Contes d'Hoffmann
Abel; Morley, Gerzmava, Rice, Grigolo, Hampson
Levine; Kim, Netrebko, Gubanova, Calleja, Held
Dutoit; Bradley, Alexander, Troyanos, Shicoff, Morris
Legendary conductor Pierre Monteux is at the helm of this opera that is a combination of enticing French music wedded to a sinister German story. With Richard Tucker in the title role, Hoffmann’s tales of the women he has loved—Roberta Peters, Risë Stevens, and Lucine Amara—have seldom been told so poetically. The tunes are as beguiling as Hoffman’s enchanting loves, but there is always a dark force at work. Martial Singher in a tour de force appears as all four of Hoffmann’s nemeses.
Hansel and Gretel
Dec 18-Jan 8
Returning for the holidays, this season's family entertainingment is richard Jone' witty production of Humperdinck's fairy-tale opera, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, in whcih two children facre against a wicked witch.