Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Mariotti; Leonard, Brownlee, Maltman, Muraro, Burchuladze
Benini; DiDonato, Flórez, Mattei, Del Carlo, Relyea
Weikert; Battle, Blake, Nucci, Dara, Furlanetto
The delightful Reri Grist as Rosina leads the cast in this high-spirited performance of Rossini’s sparkling comedy. George Shirley is her suitor, Count Almaviva, who, in order to win her, must employ the help of the titular barber and jack-of-all-trades, Figaro—sung with style and gusto by Nicolae Herlea. Fernando Corena as Bartolo and the great Cesare Siepi as Basilio lend gravitas and humor to the proceedings, and Silvio Varviso presides on the podium.
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.