Levine; Netrebko, Polenzani, Kwiecien, Del Carlo
Rescigno; Sills, Kraus, Hagegård, Castel, Bacquier
Benini; Buratto, Camarena, Molnár, Maestri
America’s operatic sweetheart Beverly Sills is the feisty Norina in Donizetti’s classic comedy, opposite the great Alfredo Kraus as Ernesto, the man she loves. His miserly old uncle, Don Pasquale (the marvelous Gabriel Bacquier) has cut Ernesto out of his will for wanting to marry Norina—and announces his intention to take a wife himself. But the clever Doctor Malatesta (an energetic Håkan Hagegård) comes up with a plan and all ends well, with Pasquale giving his blessing to the two young lovers. Nicola Rescigno is the conductor of this effervescent performance.
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.