Pelléas et Mélisande
Rattle; Kozená, Palmer, Degout, Finley, White
Levine; Pilou, Duesing, Taillon, van Dam, Hines
James Levine’s affection for Debussy’s masterful score creates a performance rich in orchestral and vocal colors, with all the subtle emotional shifts of the drama vividly brought to life. The magnificent Frederica von Stade is Mélisande, in a production staged for her 25th Met anniversary. Victor Braun and Dwayne Croft are half-brothers Golaud and Pelléas—one Mélisande’s husband, the other her lover. Marilyn Horne brings her sumptuous voice to the role of Geneviève, Pelléas and Golaud’s mother, and Robert Lloyd is heartbreaking as the blind old king Arkel.
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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.