Summer 2020 Listings
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflöte
In this fairy tale masking a Masonic allegory, Tamino (Wunderlich) falls in love with Pamina (Lear), aided by the birdcatcher Papageno (Fischer-Dieskau). Sarastro (Crass) foils the Queen of the Night (Peters).
Mikhail Glinka: Ruslan and Lyudmila
Lyudmila (Rudenko) is wooed by the poet-prince Ratmir (Sinyavskaya), the cowardly warrior Farlaf (Morozov), and the knight Ruslan (Nesterenko) in this sprawling Russian fairy tale.
Vincenzo Bellini: I Puritani
Elvira (Sutherland) is promised to Sir Riccardo Forth (Cappuccilli), who loves her, though she loves Lord Arturo Talbo (Pavarotti) instead. (From the Ruocchio Archives.)
Gustave Charpentier: Louise
Louise (Cotrubaș), a working-class young woman, escapes to Paris to avoid an arranged marriage and to be with her lover Julien (Domingo).
Irving Berlin: Annie, Get Your Gun
Cole Porter: Kiss Me, Kate
A fictionalized version of the life of Annie Oakley (Criswell) and her romance with fellow sharpshooter Frank Butler (Hampson). Divorced Broadway stars Fred Graham (Drake) and Lilli Vanessi (Morison) star in a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew.
Giacomo Puccini: Manon Lescaut
On her way to a convent, Manon Lescaut (Freni) falls in love with Des Grieux (Domingo). Seduced by the wealth of the elderly Geronte (Rydl), she leaves Des Grieux, but they are eventually reunited and deported.
Richard Wagner: Der Fliegende Holländer
Condemned to sail the seas forever, the Dutchman (Bailey) comes ashore once every seven years to find a faithful woman (Martin). (From the Ruocchio Archives.)
George Frederic Handel: Ariodante
Loosely based on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, Polinesso (Podleś) falsely accuses Ginevra (Dawson) out of envy for Ariodante (Von Otter).
Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
Lucia (Rost) is in love with Edgardo (Ford), but her brother Enrico (Moore) wants her to marry Arturo (Clarke) instead, and she goes mad.
Christoph Willibald Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice & Orfée et Euridice
Original 1762 Vienna version stars Forrester (Orfeo) and Stich-Randall (Euridice); 1774 Paris version features Fouchécourt (Orfée) and Dubosc (Euridice).
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
Sophisticated Onegin (Hvorostovsky) rebuffs country girl Tatyana (Focile); jealous Lensky (Shicoff) is killed in a duel with Onegin, who’s flirted with his fiancée Olga (Borodina).
Giuseppe Verdi: Luisa Miller
The doomed love between Luisa (Moffo), daughter of the old soldier Miller (MacNeil), and Rodolfo (Bergonzi), son of Count Walter (Tozzi). (From the Ruocchio Archives.)
Georges Bizet: La Jolie Fille de Perth
In a Scottish town, the Queen of the Gypsies (Zimmermann) foils a plot by the Duke of Rothsay (G. Quilico) to abduct Catherine Glover (Anderson), who wants to marry the armorer Henry Smith (Kraus).