Luisi; Netrebko, Beczala, Szot, Pittsinger
Villaume; Damrau, Grigolo, Braun, Testé
López-Cobos; Fleming, Giordano, Chaignaud, Tian
Massenet’s most popular opera receives a sensational performance led by Pierre Monteux, the foremost French conductor of his time, who brings out all the elegance and Gallic flavor of this tuneful and sophisticated score. Victoria de los Angeles is Manon, the personification of charm and allure, in a ideal portrayal. When handsome young Des Grieux (Cesare Valletti) asks her to run away from life at a convent to which her family is sending her, Manon seizes the opportunity to live a life of pleasure. But her infatuation with luxury eventually ruins them both and their story ends tragically.
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.