L'Italiana in Algeri
Levine; Horne, Montarsolo, Ahlstedt, Monk
Campanella; Larmore, Polenzani, Corbelli, Ramey
Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Mariotti; Leonard, Brownlee, Maltman, Muraro, Burchuladze
James Levine on the podium brings an ideal blend of sparkle and lyricism to Rossini’s enchanting comedy. Olga Borodina is Isabella, the Italian girl who ends up in Algiers as she searches for her lost lover, Lindoro, sung by the sensational Juan Diego Flórez. Ferruccio Furlanetto is Mustafà, the Bey of Algiers, who keeps Lindoro prisoner and decides to make Isabella his own wife—even though he is already married to Elvira (Lyubov Petrova). Earle Patriarco is Taddeo and Mariusz Kwiecien sings the pirate captain Haly.
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.