Benini; Netrebko, Polenzani, Kwiecien, Maestri
Levine; Battle, Pavarotti, Pons, Dara
Rescigno; Blegen, Pavarotti, Ellis, Bruscantini
Donizetti’s Nemorino was among Luciano Pavarotti’s greatest roles—his natural charm and mellifluous voice perfectly suited one of opera’s most loveable characters. Kathleen Battle is Adina, the object of his affections, who flirts with the dashing Sergeant Belcore but eventually realizes whom she truly loves. Paul Plishka as the quack Dulcamara provides the elixir of the title that miraculously helps Nemorino win the hand of his beloved.
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.