Met Opera on Demand Catalog
Antony and Cleopatra
(Sep. 16, 1966)
Composer: Samuel Barber
Librettist: Franco Zeffirelli, based on the play Antony and Cleopatra by Shakespeare
Schippers; Price, Thomas, Díaz
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 59 min.
This broadcast captures the gala performance that opened the new Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, with the world premiere of Samuel Barber’s last opera. Based on Shakespeare’s play, adapted as a libretto by director Franco Zeffirelli, it stars the great Leontyne Price as the legendary Queen of Egypt, opposite Justino Díaz as her lover, the Roman general Antony, and Jess Thomas as Caesar, who defeats him. Rosalind Elias is Cleopatra’s servant, Charmian, and Ezio Flagello sings Enobarbus, Antony’s lieutenant. Thomas Schippers conducts the Met’s vast musical forces.