Luisi; Opolais, Alagna, Cavalletti
Levine; Mattila, Giordani, Croft
Levine; Scotto, Domingo, Elvira
Puccini’s early opera captures all the youthful ardor of the scandalous story of Manon Lescaut. A gripping Dorothy Kirsten plays the desirable young girl being shipped off to a convent, who falls in love with Des Grieux (the sensational Jussi Björling) and leads him to ruin. When the story was first published in the 18th century it was meant as a warning to young people. But Puccini’s sweeping melodies and lush harmonies are as enticing as the unforgettable performances by Kirsten and Björling. Young, heedless romance at its best.
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.