de Waart; Fleming, Schäfer, Graham, Allen, Sigmundsson
Levine; Te Kanawa, Blegen, Troyanos, Hammond-Stroud, Haugland
Böhm; Rysanek, Grist, Ludwig, Knoll, Berry
Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s sublime comedy set in a fairy-tale 18th-century Vienna is ideally served by an extraordinary cast: The elegant Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, heard here in her Met debut run, embodied the character of the Marschallin like no other singer. Lisa Della Casa (herself a celebrated Marschallin) is Octavian, her youthful lover, and the great Otto Edelmann sings Baron Ochs, the rustic nobleman whose plans of marrying a rich man’s daughter are foiled by a comic intrigue. Judith Raskin is the enchanting Sophie, and Thomas Schippers conducts one of Strauss’s best-loved scores.
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.