I Vespri Siciliani
Levine; Scotto, Ochman, Elvira, Raimondi
Levine; Caballé, Gedda, Milnes, Díaz
Luisotti; Yoncheva, Fabiano, Hampson
The struggle of the Sicilians against their occupying French invaders during the 13th century is at the heart of Verdi’s riveting drama about oppression, freedom, and the cost it exacts from individual people. Sondra Radvanovsky is Elena, the ardent Sicilian patriot whose love for fellow patriot Arrigo (Francisco Casanova) is severely tested when he foils their assassination attempt against the hated French governor, Guido di Monforte (Leo Nucci). After she learns the governor is her lover’s long-lost father, all of the conspirators face a terrible dilemma. With Samuel Ramey as Sicilian patriot Giovanni de Procida. Frédéric Chaslin 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.