Luisi; Netrebko, Beczala, Szot, Pittsinger
Villaume; Damrau, Grigolo, Braun, Testé
López-Cobos; Fleming, Giordano, Chaignaud, Tian
“For Manon I could have given up my hopes of heaven itself,” declares her lover des Grieux—after utterly ruining himself for her and following her into a destitute exile in an alien country. In Massenet’s adaptation of Abbé Prévost’s novel, Anna Moffo is a perfect Manon—beautiful, enticing, and offering the promise of pleasure that makes everything else fade into insignificance. The great Nicolai Gedda sings her enthralled lover. Thomas Schippers conducts the glittering, sumptuous score that brings to life the story from its heady beginning to its heart-wrenching end.
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.