Les Contes d'Hoffmann
Abel; Morley, Gerzmava, Rice, Grigolo, Hampson
Levine; Kim, Netrebko, Gubanova, Calleja, Held
Dutoit; Bradley, Alexander, Troyanos, Shicoff, Morris
Who could resist the tales of Hoffmann when ardent-voiced tenor Nicolai Gedda as the title hero of Offenbach’s opera spins them? Combining dark German romanticism with scintillating music, the stories tell of the poet’s ill-fated relationships with four women. Gedda is paired with the great singing actor George London as his constant nemesis. Jean Morel conducts this French masterpiece.
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.