Nézet-Séguin; Poplavskaya, Smirnova, Alagna, Keenlyside, Furlanetto
Levine; Scotto, Troyanos, Moldoveanu, Milnes, Plishka
Levine; Millo, Zajick, Sylvester, Chernov, Ramey
It takes an opera company with a depth of resources and talent to do justice to Verdi’s monumental, grand opera. Under James Levine’s authoritative and impassioned direction, René Pape gives a monumental portrayal of King Philip, who must come to grips with the consequences of his actions: marrying Elizabeth (Patricia Racette) when she had been promised to his son, Don Carlo (Johan Botha), who opposes Philip politically. Olga Borodina is a sumptuous Eboli, Elizabeth’s rival, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky is magnetic as Carlo’s best friend Rodrigo.
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.