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Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Temistocle Solera, based on the play Nabuchodonosor by Auguste Anicet-Bourgeois and Francis Cornu
Schippers; MacNeil, Rysanek, SiepiMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 51 min.
This is the opera that made Verdi famous overnight, performed here with the all-star cast that introduced the work to the Met shortly before this broadcast. Thomas Schippers' superb conducting galvanized the Met orchestra and chorus, to say nothing of the magnificent soloists, headed by Cornell MacNeil as the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar, who los...
Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
Librettist: Felice Romani
Masini; Caballé, Verrett, Alexander, MichalskiMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 30 min.
Montserrat Caballé takes on the title heroine of Bellini’s bel canto drama, delivering an extraordinary performance in one of the most demanding roles in the soprano repertoire. A Druid priestess who has broken her vows for the sake of love, Norma finds herself in a love triangle with her confidante Adalgisa (a dramatically stirring Shirley Verrett...
Maag; Verrett, Cossutta, Obraztsova, PlishkaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 34 min.
Norma (Shirley Verrett) is the high priestess of the Druids and daughter of their leader Oroveso (Paul Plishka). But she is also in love with Pollione (Carlo Cossuta), proconsul of their Roman oppressors, and secretly has had two children with him. Matters get even more complicated when another priestess, Adalgisa (Elena Obraztsova), innocently con...
Cillario; Caballé, Cossotto, Cossutta, TozziMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 22 min.
Montserrat Caballé is one of the few sopranos who have triumphed at the Met in the Herculean role of Norma. She was acclaimed for the astonishing beauty of her voice, her unbelievable breath control, and the ability to spin out shimmering soft tones that sent the audience into a frenzy. When she brought those formidable gifts to Bellini’s magical s...
Bonynge; Sutherland, Horne, Bergonzi, SiepiMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 28 min.
Norma may be the most challenging soprano role in all of Italian opera. Only the very greatest have the technical mastery and vocal acumen to convey all the facets of this virtuosic part. With this legendary cast, everything comes together in this bel canto masterpiece. Joan Sutherland’s ravishingly beautiful voice can do anything Bellini’s spectac...
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Librettist: Lorenzo da Ponte
Wigglesworth; Isokoski, Rost, Coote, Mattei, RelyeaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 47 min.
Peter Mattei is an elegant Count Almaviva in this lively performance of one of opera’s most celebrated human comedies. He leads a great cast that also includes Soile Isokoski as his long-suffering wife, the Countess, as well as Andrea Rost and John Relyea as the servant couple Susanna and Figaro, whose wedding day in interrupted by countless compli...
Rudolf; de los Angeles, Conner, Miller, Guarrera, SiepiMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 37 min.
The legendary Cesare Siepi sings one of his most popular roles in this historic broadcast—the effervescent servant Figaro. Together with his bride, Susanna (Nadine Conner), Figaro plots to outwit their imperious master, Count Almaviva (Frank Guarrera), who has been making advances towards Susanna. Fortunately the two have help from Almaviva’s disen...
Rosenstock; Della Casa, Freni, Stratas, Krause, SiepiMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 40 min.
Lisa Della Casa may have been Mozart’s ideal Countess. Her aristocratic presence and silvery voice lit up the stage wherever she performed. This broadcast mark’s Della Casa’s final appearance at the Met, and she’s surrounded by an incomparable cast that makes this rich comedy sparkle. Tom Krause is her philandering husband; Cesare Siepi and Mirella...
Rudel; Fleming, McLaughlin, Bunnell, Croft, MorrisMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 54 min.
Mozart’s divine comedy is performed often but rarely with a cast like this. With the great singing actor James Morris (Figaro) and the delectable Marie McLaughlin (Susanna) as the servant couple and aristocratic Dwayne Croft (the Count) and ravishing Renée Fleming (the Countess) as their employers, the battleground is evenly drawn. It finally ends ...
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Librettist: Lorenzo Da Ponte
Leinsdorf; Della Casa, Söderström, Miller, Borg, SiepiMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
The charming Elisabeth Söderström as the saucy servant Susanna and the ravishing, aristocratic Lisa Della Casa as the Countess are at the center of Mozart’s immortal masterpiece, based on the Beaumarchais play. Add Cesare Siepi’s irrepressible Figaro and Mildred Miller’s effervescent Cherubino, and you have one utterly enchanting comedy. Erich Lein...
Levine; Vaness, Battle, von Stade, Allen, RaimondiMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 2 min.
With James Levine’s masterful conducting, Mozart’s sublime score works its colorful magic in this upstairs/downstairs drama. Ruggero Raimondi (Figaro) and Kathleen Battle (Susannah) are the servants, caught up in the ongoing domestic drama of the Count and Countess (Thomas Allen and Carol Vaness). Only all is not what it seems, and the battle lines...
Composer: Christoph Willibald Gluck
Librettist: Ranieri de' Calzabigi
Levine; Kovalevska, Grant Murphy, DanielsMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 31 min.
Met Music Director James Levine leads Gluck’s classic retelling of the Orpheus myth, starring countertenor David Daniels in the leading role of the mythical singer. Maija Kovalevska is Euridice, Orfeo’s beloved wife who is brought back from the underworld—only to die again. Heidi Grant Murphy sings Amore, the God of Love, who brings about the happy...
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