López-Cobos; Fleming, Schade, Hampson
Pritchard; Sills, Gibbs, Milnes
Altinoglu; Oropesa, Koch, Kaufmann, Bizic
Massenet’s evocative opera about the struggle between worldly pleasures and the salvation of faith is something of a rare visitor to the Met stage. Only a handful of sopranos have sung the alluring title character with the company, and in the fall of 2017, Ailyn Pérez joined their ranks with a performance that combined lush lyricism and shimmering high notes. Opposite her as the conflicted monk Athanaël, Gerald Finely delivers his character’s stern remonstrations with a rich, impassioned baritone. Conductor Emmanuel Villaume evokes a vivid range of orchestral colors from Massenet’s score—which features the famous Méditation—and leads a cast that also includes tenor Jean-François Borras as Nicias and David Pittsinger as Palémon.
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.