Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Mariotti; Leonard, Brownlee, Maltman, Muraro, Burchuladze
Benini; DiDonato, Flórez, Mattei, Del Carlo, Relyea
Weikert; Battle, Blake, Nucci, Dara, Furlanetto
This is a cast to cherish in one of opera’s greatest comic masterpieces. Robert Merrill’s wily Figaro combines brio with one of the most beautiful baritone voices ever—heard here in its prime. No wonder the clueless Almaviva (an elegant Cesare Valletti) begs him to help win the beautiful Rosina (Roberta Peters at her virtuosic best) and to outwit her determined guardian and the scheming singing teacher (Fernando Corena and Cesare Siepi).
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.