Fall 2020 Listings
Jerome Kern: Show Boat
Magnolia (Von Stade) marries river boat gambler Gaylord (Hadley) and moves with him to Chicago, where he deserts her and their daughter. Julie (Stratas) and her mixed-race husband Steve (Barton) are charged with miscegenation, while dock worker Joe (Hubbard) praises “Ol’ Man River.”
Gaetano Donizetti: La Favorita
An ill-fated love affair between the king’s mistress, Léonor de Guzman (Kasarova), and a young monk, Fernand (Vargas), who, not knowing her true identity, betrays his vows to pursue her.
Giuseppe Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
Genoese nobleman Fiesco (Ghiaurov) hates the doge, Boccanegra (Cappuccilli), for seducing his daughter. Boccanegra wants his long-lost daughter Amelia (Freni) to marry Paolo (Van Dam), but she loves Adorno (Carreras). (From the Ruocchio Archives.)
Vincenzo Bellini: Il Pirata
Deprived of his estates, Gualtiero (Marti) turns to piracy. Learning that his beloved Imogene (Caballé) has married his enemy Ernesto (Cappuccilli), he kills the latter—and Imogene goes mad.
Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier
This comic opera involves the aristocratic Marschallin (Te Kanawa), her lover Octavian (Von Otter), her cousin Baron Ochs (Rydl), and Sophie (Hendricks).
Fromental Halévy: La Juive
Rachel (Várady), daughter of the goldsmith Eléazar (Carreras), discovers her lover “Samuel” is a Christian prince, Léopold (Gonzales), who’s married to Eudoxie (Anderson).
Gaetano Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia
Orsini (Horne) tells how Alfonso (Wixell) suspects the infamous Lucrezia (Sutherland) of an affair with her own son Gennaro (Aragall). (From the Ruocchio Archives.)
Erich Korngold: Die Tote Stadt
In the Belgian city of Bruges, Paul (Kollo) is seduced by the dancer Marietta (Neblett), who reminds him of his late wife Marie, in this fantasy opera.
Fall Membership Drive
Bob Chapman and Rob Kennedy play arias, ensembles, and choruses as you pledge your support for the Thursday Night Opera House.
Jacques Offenbach: La Vie Parisienne
This tangled tale of flirtatious masquerading and romantic intriguing has irresponsible men-about-town, fashionable courtesans, aristocratic visitors looking for a good time, and a motley assortment of flamboyant characters.
Alexander Borodin: Prince Igor
Igor (Kit) and his son Vladimir (Grigorian) are captured by the Polovtsians, led by Konchak (Minjelkiev). Igor escapes and rejoins his wife Yaroslavna (Gorchakova), but Vladimir marries Konchak’s daughter Konchakovna (Borodina).
Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto
After Gilda (Sutherland), daughter of court jester Rigoletto (Milnes), is seduced by the Duke of Mantua (Pavarotti), the aggrieved father puts out a contract on the duke’s life. (From the Ruocchio Archives.)
Richard Rodgers: Oklahoma & South Pacific
Frederick Loewe: Gigi
Alfred Drake lends his operatic voice to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma and Lerner and Loewe’s Gigi, while former Met star Ezio Pinza turns to Broadway in South Pacific.