Levine; Mattila, Heppner, Struckmann, Pape
Weigle; Pieczonka, Vogt, Grimsley, Struckmann
Schneider; Meier, Botha, Paul Fink, Salminen
Under James Levine’s passionate direction, this all-star cast brings Beethoven’s magnificent opera to blazing life. Karita Mattila is heartbreaking as Leonore, the wife desperate to find her imprisoned husband, Florestan (Ben Heppner), a victim of his political enemies headed by Don Pizzaro (Sergei Leiferkus). René Pape is Rocco, the good-hearted jailer who can’t stand up to his boss but who wants to do the right thing.
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.