Benini; Netrebko, Polenzani, Kwiecien, Maestri
Levine; Battle, Pavarotti, Pons, Dara
Rescigno; Blegen, Pavarotti, Ellis, Bruscantini
“Enchanting” is the word for this one. A charming and pert Bidú Sayão (Adina) has been ignoring poor Nemorino (Ferruccio Tagliavini), forcing him to take desperate measures to win her love. Salvatore Baccaloni is Dr. Dulcamara, a wily snake-oil salesman with a bogus “elixir of love” that he promises will do the trick. It eventually works, of course, but not before the sensational cast has made us laugh and touched our hearts.
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.