Mariotti; Damrau, Volkova, Beczala, Lučić, Kocán
Levine; Eda-Pierre, Jones, Pavarotti, Quilico, Berberian
Levine; Cotrubas, Jones, Domingo, MacNeil, Díaz
Verdi’s tragic tale of misplaced love is splendidly enacted by this magnificent cast. Luciano Pavarotti is the elegant, licentious Duke of Mantua who successfully woos the innocent Gilda (Reri Grist) while he’s disguised as a poor student. When he ruins her, her father, Rigoletto (Ingvar Wixell) decides to get revenge—and ends up losing the only thing he loves. With James Levine conducting, all the color and drama Verdi poured into his score are thrillingly realized.
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.