Un Ballo in Maschera
Luisi; Radvanovsky, Kim, Blythe, Álvarez, Hvorostovsky
Levine; Millo, Blackwell, Quivar, Pavarotti, Nucci
Patanè; Ricciarelli, Blegen, Berini, Pavarotti, Quilico
A marvelous cast vividly brings to life Verdi’s passionate story of love, betrayal, and revenge. Suave-voiced Carlo Bergonzi, often called the poet of tenors, is the Swedish king in love with Amelia (the glorious Leontyne Price in stupendous form). But she is the wife of his best friend and confidant, Count Anckarström (the great baritone Robert Merrill) who discovers the lovers’ secret and assassinates the king at a royal ball. Roberta Peters is the perky page Oscar and Mignon Dunn is the fortuneteller Ulrica. A stellar lineup of singers from top to bottom.
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.