Met Opera on Demand Catalog
(Dec. 17, 1983)
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave
Levine; Mitchell, Pavarotti, Milnes, Raimondi
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 20 min.
Pier Luigi Samaritani’s romantic production beautifully captures the sweep and passion of Verdi’s music. With James Levine’s marvelous conducting, this cast makes a spectacular case for Verdi’s opera. The great Luciano Pavarotti is at his stunning best in the title role as the wronged nobleman turned bandit. A beautiful and heartbreaking Leona Mitchell is Elvira, the woman he loves. But she is also pursued by two other men: King Don Carlo (Sherrill Milnes in one of his greatest roles) and her aged guardian, Don Ruy Gomez de Silva (a superb Ruggero Raimondi).