Un Ballo in Maschera
Luisi; Radvanovsky, Kim, Blythe, Álvarez, Hvorostovsky
Levine; Millo, Blackwell, Quivar, Pavarotti, Nucci
Patanè; Ricciarelli, Blegen, Berini, Pavarotti, Quilico
Distinguished soprano Zinka Milanov brought out the emotion and drama of Verdi’s sweeping vocal lines like few others. She’s heard here as Amelia, a woman accused of betraying her husband, Renato (Josef Metternich), with his best friend Riccardo, the country’s ruler (Richard Tucker). Seeking a way out of her hopeless situation she follows the advice of the fortuneteller Ulrica (Jean Madeira)—only to set in motion a series of events that lead to death and tragedy. A young Roberta Peters sings the page Oscar and Dimitri Mitropoulos conducts.
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.