Tristan und Isolde
Rattle; Stemme, Gubanova, Skelton, Nikitin, Pape
Levine; Voigt, DeYoung, Smith, Schulte, Salminen
Levine; Eaglen, Dalayman, Heppner, Ketelsen, Pape
This broadcast captures legendary soprano Birgit Nilsson at the height of her artistry in what was arguably her greatest role—Wagner’s Isolde. She is joined by Jess Thomas, who gives a heroic performance as Tristan. The stellar cast also includes Giorgio Tozzi as King Marke, the man Isolde is forced to marry, Irene Dalis as Brangäne, Isolde’s confidante, and William Dooley as Kurwenal, Tristan’s faithful friend. The great Erich Leinsdorf 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.