Ranzani; Opolais, Phillips, Grigolo, Cavalletti, Gradus
Luisotti; Gheorghiu, Arteta, Vargas, Tézier
Levine; Stratas, Scotto, Carreras, Stilwell
Puccini’s beloved tale of Parisian Bohemian life—with its colorful locales and characters—is just as popular with singers as it is with audiences. Star soprano Anna Netrebko is the poor seamstress Mimì who falls for her handsome poet neighbor, Rodolfo (tenor Piotr Beczala). Meanwhile, Rodolfo’s friend Marcello (Gerald Finley) rekindles his raucous romance with the flirtatious Musetta (Nicole Cabell). The four go through the ups and downs of love and loss, joy and regret, until Mimì’s death brings the opera to a shattering close.
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.