Levine; Mattila, Heppner, Struckmann, Pape
Weigle; Pieczonka, Vogt, Grimsley, Struckmann
Schneider; Meier, Botha, Paul Fink, Salminen
Beethoven’s powerful, and only, opera not only embodies the spirit of liberty and political freedom but is also the composer’s paean to the triumph of married love. With the great Bruno Walter leading an incomparable cast, this is a performance for the ages. Legendary Kirsten Flagstad is Leonore, the heroine determined to stop at nothing to free her husband, Florestan (Set Svanholm), from death at the hands of his evil political enemy Don Pizarro (Paul Schöffler).
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.