López-Cobos; Fleming, Schade, Hampson
Altinoglu; Oropesa, Koch, Kaufmann, Bizic
Luisi; Netrebko, Beczala, Szot, Pittsinger
Take one ascetic monk named Athanaël and one ravishingly beautiful courtesan named Thaïs, add Massenet’s sensual, melodious music, with equal dashes of eroticism and religious fervor—and you have a powerful opera that is at once a celebration of the sacred and the profane, of flesh and soul. This rarity had not been heard at the Met for almost 40 years when it was brought back as a vehicle for the great soprano Beverly Sills and the magnetic singing actor Sherrill Milnes. Together, they masterfully bring to life the searing conflict at the heart of the drama.
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.