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Composer: Richard Wagner
Librettist: Richard Wagner
Levine; Tomowa-Sintow, Marton, Domingo, McIntyre, MacurdyMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 34 min.
The legendary Plácido Domingo is an achingly romantic Lohengrin, his golden-toned tenor bringing to life Wagner’s swan knight of ancient legend. He stars opposite the irresistible Anna Tomowa-Sintow as Elsa, the young woman wrongly accused of killing her brother. Eva Marton gives a tour-de-force performance as the evil Ortrud, and Donald McIntyre i...
Levine; Voigt, Polaski, Heppner, Ketelsen, HalfvarsonMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 28 min.
Ben Heppner is the Knight of the Holy Grail, sent by heaven to defend pure, innocent Elsa (Deborah Voigt), against the evil slander of Telramund (Hans-Joachim Ketelsen) and his wicked wife. Ortrud (Deborah Polaski). But how can Elsa truly trust her hero, if she’s forbidden to even ask his name or where he comes from? Wagner’s colorful music blazes ...
Levine; Lorengar, Dunn, Kollo, McIntyre, GiaiottiMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 33 min.
This broadcast of Wagner’s most romantic opera stars René Kollo as the knight of the Holy Grail who arrives in a boat pulled by a swan to defend the innocent Elsa, played by Pilar Lorengar. Mignon Dunn is the dark and malevolent Ortrud who poisons the couple’s happiness, with some help from her husband, Telramund (Donald McIntyre). James Levine lea...
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Temistocle Solera
Levine; Flanigan, Pavarotti, Beccaria, PlishkaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 6 min.
Verdi’s fourth opera, set during the First Crusade, is a true rarity. But thanks to James Levine’s dynamic and impassioned conducting and a great cast; Met audiences were thrilled by the work. Luciano Pavarotti is Oronte, the Muslim prince so desperately in love with the captured Giselda (Lauren Flanigan) that he is willing to convert to Christiani...
Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Librettist: Salvadore Cammarano
Woitach; Sills, Gedda, Edwards, FlagelloMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 2 min.
Star soprano Beverly Sills takes on one of her most acclaimed roles as the title heroine of Donizetti’s bel canto drama, bringing dramatic truth to the character of the innocent Scottish girl forced into a political marriage and delivering vocal fireworks in Lucia’s celebrated mad scene. The great Nicolai Gedda gives a memorable and impassioned per...
Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Librettist: Salvatore Cammarano
Varviso; Peters, Kónya, Guarrera, DíazMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 50 min.
Roberta Peters is spectacular as Lucia, the innocent young woman forced into an arranged marriage that leads her into insanity and death. Peters’s performance of one of opera’s greatest mad scenes sparkles with emotion and vocal pyrotechnics. She is joined by Sándor Kónya, who plays her lover, Edgardo, and Frank Guarrera as her brother, Enrico, who...
Bonynge; Sutherland, Tucker, Colzani, GhiuselevMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 51 min.
Legendary diva Joan Sutherland sings the role that made her an overnight sensation. Her portrayal conveys every nuance of the character of the innocent young woman who is forced into an arranged marriage by her brother Enrico (Anselmo Colzani), while secretly engaged to Edgardo, sung by Richard Tucker. Sutherland’s mad scene—one of the most celebra...
Varviso; Sutherland, Tucker, Guarrera, MosconaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
The Met debut of soprano Joan Sutherland was one of the great evenings in the history of the company, and this broadcast, recorded only a few days after that memorable first night, captures the near hysteria that Sutherland’s spectacular performance unleashed. Lucia’s descent into insanity is superbly conveyed in her sensational account of the famo...
Panni; Anderson, Leech, Fu, PlishkaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 22 min.
Donizetti’s heroine offers everything a soprano needs to bring an audience to its feet in a thundering ovation: achingly beautiful melodies, cascading coloratura and, of course, a mad scene. June Anderson was hailed in The New York Times for her masterful performance of one of opera’s most famous moments as “combining virtuosic control with lovely,...
Santi; Devia, Hadley, Pons, PlishkaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 13 min.
Donizetti’s best-known opera is also one of the most popular. Audiences swooned over the unjust plight of Donizetti’s Lucia (Mariella Devia), whose brother Enrico (Juan Pons) makes her renounce the man she loves, Edgardo (Jerry Hadley). She’s forced into marriage, but goes insane on her wedding night, and in the riveting mad scene, still holding th...
Varviso; Sutherland, Kónya, Herlea, GiaiottiMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
It was a performance of Lucia that literally made Joan Sutherland a star overnight. And no wonder. Her enormous, sumptuous voice seemed made for the role of the hapless young woman, driven mad by her fate. When Sutherland sang Lucia’s famous “mad scene” it drove audiences, well, mad. Her cascading vocal embellishments seemed both unending and super...
Cleva; Callas, Campora, Sordello, MosconaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 57 min.
This is Maria Callas’s only broadcast from the stage of the Met. Hearing “La Divina” in an actual performance is a unique thrill, and Lucia is a huge part of the palpable Callas mystique. Donizetti’s bloody tale of the Scottish lass torn from her true love and forced into an arranged marriage, only to go mad and murder her bridegroom on their weddi...
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