Roméo et Juliette
Noseda; Damrau, Grigolo, Madore, Petrenko
Domingo; Netrebko, Alagna, Gunn, Lloyd
Domingo; Gasdia, Kraus, Schexnayder, Plishka
No Roméo could possibly resist Mirella Freni’s enchanting combination of appealing innocence and impulsiveness as Juliette. Her warm lyric voice glided over Juliette’s phrases with a naturalness that brought the character to stunning life. Nicolai Gedda’s Roméo was sensitive, ardent, and as stylish as they come. Together Freni and Gedda showed a new generation of operagoers why Gounod’s opera is as enjoyable and heartbreaking as Shakespeare’s play. John Macurdy is the helpful Friar Lawrence.
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.