Steinberg; Costa, Elias, Thebom, Tozzi, Christopher, Graham
Mitropoulos; Steber, Elias, Resnik, Gedda, Tozzi
Les Contes d'Hoffmann
Abel; Morley, Gerzmava, Rice, Grigolo, Hampson
This broadcast captures the gala performance that opened the new Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, with the world premiere of Samuel Barber’s last opera. Based on Shakespeare’s play, adapted as a libretto by director Franco Zeffirelli, it stars the great Leontyne Price as the legendary Queen of Egypt, opposite Justino Díaz as her lover, the Roman general Antony, and Jess Thomas as Caesar, who defeats him. Rosalind Elias is Cleopatra’s servant, Charmian, and Ezio Flagello sings Enobarbus, Antony’s lieutenant. Thomas Schippers conducts the Met’s vast musical forces.
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.