The Opera “Die Fledermaus” was one of the great specialties of the late conductor, Carlos Kleiber, whom I adored. For me, it takes a special skill to communicate the joyfulness, the old Viennese dance rhythms, and the humor of Johann Strauss’ works.
Now it is up to conductor James Levine to show us what he does with this music. Levine is a master at giving us the joy of Mozart, and the drama of Verdi. How will he do with Johann Strauss?
For my friends in New York, here’s your chance to find out:
Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, will play the party host, Orlofsky, and James Levine, will conduct Strauss’ sparkling operetta for the first time in his forty-five-year Met career.
Singer Susanna Phillips and the Tony winner Paulo Szot are joined by Lucy Crowe, Toby Spence, and Dimitri Pittas.
Metropolitan Opera, NYC
December 4th and Dec. 7 at 7:30 PM
Attend and enjoy! And then tell me about it, because I am in California… (Thanks)