Armiliato; Meade, Giordani, Hvorostovsky, Furlanetto
Levine; Mitchell, Pavarotti, Milnes, Raimondi
Fulton; Mitchell, Mauro, Elvira, Plishka
Verdi’s early opera is a romantic tour de force, brimming over with sizzling passion and swashbuckling drama. And this cast has the vocal opulence to bring it all to life. Mario Del Monaco is the nobleman-turned-bandit Ernani, who has been dreadfully wronged by the king (Leonard Warren). Both men are in love with Elvira (Zinka Milanov), who is about to be forced to wed her guardian (Cesare Siepi). Seldom has the honor of a Spanish gentleman demanded such an appalling cost.
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.