Die Frau ohne Schatten
Jurowski; Schwanewilms, Goerke, Komlósi, Kerl, Reuter
Perick; Meier, Martin, Dernesch, Schunk, Courtney
Böhm; Rysanek, Schröder-Feinen, Dunn, King, Berry
It took 47 years for Richard Strauss’s Die Frau Ohne Schatten to make it to the Metropolitan Opera, but its October 2, 1966, company premiere in the new opera house turned out to be worth the wait. At the helm, the composer’s friend and eloquent advocate Karl Böhm conducted a definitive, virtuosic cast in this layered, allegorical fairy tale with the brilliant soprano Leonie Rysanek in the demanding title role. Mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig sang the Dyer’s Wife to perfection, and tenor James King established a benchmark in his singing of the Emperor. Bass-baritone Walter Berry made a successful Met debut as Barak the Dyer, and Irene Dalis sang the malevolent Nurse.
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.