Altinoglu; Oropesa, Koch, Kaufmann, Bizic
Runnicles; Evans, Graham, Hampson, Robertson
Fournet; von Stade, Kraus, Stilwell
Franco Corelli gives an intense and passionate performance in the title role of Massenet's Goethe adaptation, opposite Rosalind Elias as Charlotte, the young woman Werther falls so overwhelmingly in love with that he cannot conceive of life without her. In one of opera's most heart-rending scenes, Werther shoots himself and dies in Charlotte's arms as children happily celebrate the arrival of Christmas. Dominic Cossa as Albert, Charlotte's fiancé, and Colette Boky as Sophie, her sister, round out the cast.
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.