Heras-Casado; Hartig, Rachvelishvili, Antonenko, Abdrazakov
Nézet-Séguin; Frittoli, Garanča, Alagna, Tahu Rhodes
Levine; Gheorghiu, Meier, Domingo, Leiferkus
Carmen is enticing, irresistible, and devastatingly fatal. Men can’t resist her, but she refuses to be tied down. In Bizet’s ever-popular opera, this leads to broken hearts, jealousy—and death. The composer expresses every nuance of the riveting title character in her music, and seldom has it been as superbly sung as the great Marilyn Horne does here. She is earthy, erotic, dangerous, and unforgettable. James McCracken is an explosive Don José, the poor soldier who gives up everything for Carmen, only to lose her in the end and seal his own fate.
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.