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Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Librettist: Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Domingo; Zhang, Zifchak, Smith, SalsiMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 22 min.
Puccini’s heartbreaking drama comes to life with Liping Zhang and Robert Dean Smith in the leading roles of the young Japanese geisha and the American Navy lieutenant whose arranged marriage ends in tragedy. Maria Zifchak is Suzuki, the faithful servant, and Luca Salsi sings U.S. consul Sharpless. Plácido Domingo conducts one of the most romantic a...
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Librettist: Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
Schick; Scotto, Grillo, Alexander, DunlapMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 8 min.
Renata Scotto was particularly acclaimed for her searing portrayal of Cio-Cio-San, the teenaged geisha known as Madama Butterfly in Puccini’s “Japanese tragedy.” This broadcast, recorded less than three months after her Met debut in the same role, captures all the emotional intensity of her performance, from youthful exuberance to defiance to event...
Mitropoulos; Albanese, Barioni, Elias, BrownleeMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 11 min.
For a whole generation of opera goers the beloved soprano Licia Albanese embodied Madame Butterfly. Her vivid and passionate portrayal of the young geisha who tragically falls in love with an irresponsible US Navy officer remains as captivating today as it was half a century ago. Conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos brings out every nuance of Puccini’s ex...
Molinari-Pradelli; Scotto, Casei, Shirley, BottcherMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Renata Scotto’s sensational Met debut was in the title role, as the hapless Japanese geisha, Cio-Cio-San. Scotto conveyed every stage of Butterfly’s tragic journey: from innocent 15-year-old bride, who gives up her family and religion to become more American, to abandoned wife with nothing left to live for. Seldom has the emotional arc from eager a...
Mitropoulos; Kirsten, Roggero, Fernandi, SereniMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 12 min.
This is a wonderful example of why Dorothy Kirsten was considered one of the great singing actors of her time. She manages to sound like the 15-year-old Cio-Cio-San, shy, but filled with delight as she begins her new life as the wife of U.S. Navy Lieutenant B. F. Pinkerton (Eugenio Fernandi). As the tragedy of her abandonment unfolds, Kirsten conv...
Summers; Racette, Giordani, Zifchak, CroftMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 19 min.
The magnetic Patricia Racette delivers a vocal your-de-force as the young geisha Cio-Cio-San whose life is destroyed by Marcello Giordani’s Pinkerton, the dashing US Navy Lieutenant who plays with her feelings. Patrick Summers conducts one of Puccini’s most melodious scores, with Maria Zifchak as Cio-Cio-San’s faithful servant Suzuki and Dwayne Cro...
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Librettist: Emanuel Schikaneder
Glover; Stober, Lewek, Shrader, Gunn, OwensMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 42 min.
This abridged English-language version of Mozart’s immortal opera, seen at the Met as the annual holiday presentation for families, is conducted by renowned Mozartian Jane Glover. Alek Shrader stars as Tamino, the young prince who finds himself on a quest to rescue and win the beautiful Pamina, sung by Heidi Stober. Nathan Gunn is Tamino’s companio...
Composer: Jules Massenet
Librettist: Henri Meilhac and Philippe Gille
Monteux; de los Angeles, Valletti, Corena, HinesMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 32 min.
Massenet’s most popular opera receives a sensational performance led by Pierre Monteux, the foremost French conductor of his time, who brings out all the elegance and Gallic flavor of this tuneful and sophisticated score. Victoria de los Angeles is Manon, the personification of charm and allure, in a ideal portrayal. When handsome young Des Grieux ...
Rudel; Swenson, Sabbatini, de Candia, PlishkaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Who can resist the charms of Manon or remain unmoved by her fate? Ruth Ann Swenson takes on Massenet’s title heroine, the equally beautiful and high-spirited young girl who turns her back on life in a convent when she meets the handsome des Grieux (Giuseppe Sabbatini)—only to be seduced by the promise of a luxurious existence as the mistress of the...
Cleva; Albanese, Di Stefano, Singher, HinesMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 21 min.
The great Licia Albanese sings the bewitching title heroine in this scintillating performance of Massenet’s opera, an adaptation of Abbé Prévost’s famous novel, opposite a passionate Giuseppe Di Stefano as Des Grieux. Martial Singher and Jerome Hines round out the cast of this tale of an all-consuming love affair that ends in tragedy and death. Fau...
López-Cobos; Fleming, Giordano, Chaignaud, TianMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 27 min.
Massenet had a special gift for creating beguiling female characters that audiences can never get enough of—and that great sopranos long to perform. For many opera lovers, the enchanting but destructive Manon counts among his greatest achievements. Certainly Renée Fleming in the title role gives a dazzling tour de force: she’s equally at home with ...
Schippers; Moffo, Gedda, Guarrera, TozziMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 15 min.
“For Manon I could have given up my hopes of heaven itself,” declares her lover des Grieux—after utterly ruining himself for her and following her into a destitute exile in an alien country. In Massenet’s adaptation of Abbé Prévost’s novel, Anna Moffo is a perfect Manon—beautiful, enticing, and offering the promise of pleasure that makes everything...
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