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Composer: Gioachino Rossini
Librettist: Angelo Anelli
Levine; Borodina, Flórez, Patriarco, FurlanettoMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 24 min.
James Levine on the podium brings an ideal blend of sparkle and lyricism to Rossini’s enchanting comedy. Olga Borodina is Isabella, the Italian girl who ends up in Algiers as she searches for her lost lover, Lindoro, sung by the sensational Juan Diego Flórez. Ferruccio Furlanetto is Mustafà, the Bey of Algiers, who keeps Lindoro prisoner and decide...
Composer: Jacques-François Fromental Halévy
Librettist: Eugène Scribe
Viotti; Isokoski, Futral, Shicoff, Cutler, FurlanettoMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 54 min.
Halévy’s gripping opera had not been heard at the Met for almost 70 years when it was revived for tenor Neil Shicoff a month before this broadcast. His searing account of Eléazar, a Jewish goldsmith burdened by a terrible secret quickly became a modern operatic classic. Soile Isokoski is his beloved daughter Rachel, in love with a man who turns out...
Composer: Richard Wagner
Librettist: Richard Wagner
Leinsdorf; Melchior, Varnay, Thorborg, Sved, CordonMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 58 min.
Lauritz Melchior is the embodiment of the chivalrous knight Lohengrin who magically appears in answer to the prayers of pure Elsa (Astrid Varnay) that heaven send her a champion. The evil sorceress Ortrud (Kerstin Thorborg) and her husband Telramund (Alexander Sved) have accused Elsa of murder and even when Lohengrin defeats Telramund in combat the...
Stiedry; Steber, Harshaw, Sullivan, Uhde, EdelmannMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 10 min.
Legendary American diva Eleanor Steber is radiant as the maligned Elsa, falsely accused of murdering her brother by the sinister Telramund (Hermann Uhde). Elsa is saved by the appearance of the heroic Knight of the Grail, Lohengrin (Brian Sullivan), who defeats Telramund in trial by combat. But Telramund’s wife, the evil sorceress Ortrud (Margaret ...
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...
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