Orfeo ed Euridice
Levine; de Niese, Murphy, Blythe
Levine; Kovalevska, Grant Murphy, Daniels
Rudolf; Amara, Cundari, Stevens
Gluck’s retelling of one of the world’s greatest myths has always attracted extraordinary singing actors. In this classic broadcast, Kerstin Thorborg brings her warm, rich contralto to the role of Orfeo, delivering a striking portrayal of a young man and artist consumed by grief over the loss of his great love. Soprano Jarmila Novotná is the personification of charm and femininity as Euridice, Orfeo’s beloved wife whom he rescues from the underworld only to see her die again. Marita Farell sings Amore, the god of love, who sets things right. Erich Leinsdorf 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.