Met Opera on Demand Catalog
(Apr. 7, 1962)
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Librettist: Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Adler; Price, Corelli, MacNeil
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 55 min.
The combination of Leontyne Price and Franco Corelli sent audiences into delirium. Her rich, soaring soprano perfectly matched his ardent, romantic tenor. The year after their history-making joint debut at the Met, they were paired in Puccini’s gripping tale of deception and revenge. Price, in the title role of Rome’s most famous singer, is forced to deal with the nefarious Baron Scarpia, the chief of police (Cornell MacNeil) in a desperate attempt to free her lover (Corelli), imprisoned for his political beliefs. But it all goes tragically wrong….