Le Nozze di Figaro
Levine; Majeski, Petersen, Leonard, Mattei, Abdrazakov
Levine; Fleming, Bartoli, Mentzer, Croft, Terfel
Levine; Vaness, Battle, von Stade, Allen, Raimondi
Lisa Della Casa may have been Mozart’s ideal Countess. Her aristocratic presence and silvery voice lit up the stage wherever she performed. This broadcast mark’s Della Casa’s final appearance at the Met, and she’s surrounded by an incomparable cast that makes this rich comedy sparkle. Tom Krause is her philandering husband; Cesare Siepi and Mirella Freni, as the servants Figaro and Susanna, are the ideal foils to their aristocratic masters; and Teresa Stratas is a Cherubino to tempt anyone.
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.