Nézet-Séguin; Poplavskaya, Kaufmann, Braun, Pape
Levine; Isokoski, Alagna, Hvorostovsky, Pape
Rudel; Fleming, Leech, Croft, Ramey
Gounod’s supremely romantic adaptation of Goethe’s play stars Ramón Vargas in the title role of the aging scientist who enters into a bargain with the devil to relive his youth. Ruth Ann Swenson is the innocent Marguerite, the object of Faust’s affection, and Ildar Abdrazakov sings Méphistophélès. Yung Yun and Karine Deshayes co-star as Valentin, Marguerite’s brother, and Siébel, her young admirer. Maurizio Benini conducts.
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.