Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the house... Actually, there are a lot of performances of the Messiah this week, but it's not my favorite Handel.
Troyens (M/F), Barber (T/SM), Aida (W/SE), Don Giovanni (Th)
Super-compressed summary of my two half-finished posts on Les Troyens: the piece is uniquely glorious and shouldn't be missed, but Giordani and Luisi make rather less of the performance than what could be (and was). How that balances... up to you. Meanwhile the parade of 2007 Met Council winners continues with Alek Shrader in the kids' English-language version of Barber (again, as usual for these holiday shows, with a strong young cast overall), and Don Giovanni finishes its run (with the outstanding Donna Anna of 2005 winner Susanna Phillips). The week's Aidas bring Hui He and Dolora Zajick back into the female roles.