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Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Librettist: Modest Tchaikovsky
Gergiev; Gorchakova, Söderström, Domingo, Hvorostovsky, PutilinChorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 42 min.
There’s passion and drama galore in Tchaikovsky’s rich setting of Pushkin’s chilling novel of obsession. Dashing Dmitri Hvorostovsky is Prince Yeletsky, engaged to Lisa (Galina Gorchakova) who is also loved by Gherman (Plácido Domingo at his most romantically impassioned). Lisa’s grandmother, the old Countess (Elisabeth Söderström) had been given t...
Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Librettist: W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman
Reiner; Güden, Thebom, Conley, HarrellMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 20 min.
This historic broadcast captures the U.S. premiere of Stravinsky’s landmark opera. Legendary conductor Fritz Reiner leads an extraordinary cast, headed by Eugene Conley as Tom Rakewell, the young man whose sudden inheritance leads to his downfall and the loss of his beloved, Anne Trulove, sung by the great Hilde Güden. Mack Harrell is Nick Shadow, ...
Levine; Upshaw, Blythe, Groves, RameyMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 29 min.
James Levine leads a great cast in Stravinsky’s powerful tale of a young man’s fall. Paul Groves is Tom Rakewell, who leaves a life in the country and the faithful Anne Trulove (Dawn Upshaw) for the temptations of London—seduced by the sinister Nick Shadow (Samuel Ramey), better known as the devil. Stephanie Blythe stars as Baba the Turk.
Composer: Richard Wagner
Librettist: Richard Wagner
Stiedry; Hotter, Svanholm, Davidson, HarshawMetropolitan Opera Orchestra
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 22 min.
The great Hans Hotter, in his Met debut season, is magnificent as Wotan in this memorable broadcast of the prologue to Wagner’s Ring cycle. He leads an extraordinary cast that also includes Margaret Harshaw as Wotan’s wife, Fricka, Set Svanholm as a true heldentenor Loge, the demi-god of fire, Lawrence Davidson as the evil Nibelung dwarf Alberich, ...
von Karajan; Reynolds, Stolze, Adam, KelemenMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 19 min.
Theo Adam is Wotan, leader of the gods, in this extraordinary performance of the prologue to Wagner’s Ring cycle—one of only two Met broadcasts ever conducted by the great Herbert von Karajan. The star-studded cast includes Gerhard Stolze as Loge, the cunning demi-god of fire, Martti Talvela and Karl Ridderbusch as the giants, Fasolt and Fafner, Zo...
Levine; Schwarz, Langridge, Morris, WlaschihaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 35 min.
Under James Levine’s thrilling direction the famous Met Orchestra is at its best in this first installment of Wagner’s Ring cycle. From the dark, mysterious beginning in the depths of the Rhine River to the blazing end as the gods cross the rainbow bridge into their new home of Valhalla, this is a searing performance. James Morris is the commanding...
Levine; Schwarz, Langridge, Morris, WlaschihaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 31 min.
From the almost imperceptible single low note of the basses at the beginning to the triumphant blazing fanfare from the entire orchestra as the gods enter Valhalla at the end—there is nothing like this opening chapter of the Ring in all opera. It’s an enthralling tale of gods, giants, dwarves, treasure, and the curse that will haunt the entire worl...
Levine; Naef, Langridge, Morris, FinkMetropolitan Opera Orchestra
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 32 min.
No composer tells a great, mythic adventure story as well as Wagner does. And few conductors know how to let the epic unfold in all its thrilling power and drama as James Levine does. Leading the Met orchestra with authority and sweep, Maestro Levine revels in this enthralling tale of gods, dwarves, and giants all determined to possess the magic ri...
Stiedry; Thebom, Vinay, Uhde, DavidsonMetropolitan Opera Orchestra
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 21 min.
The beginning of Das Rheingold takes the listener right into the mystical atmosphere of the Ring cycle. Out of the darkness, from the depths of the River Rhine, come the mysterious notes that signal the birth of life itself. Soon we’re in the middle of a rousing tale of ambition, greed, promises made and broken, of gods, dwarfs, and giants. They al...
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave
Heras-Casado; Yoncheva, Volkova, Polenzani, Hvorostovsky, KocánMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 8 min.
Dmitri Hvorostovsky gives a memorable performance as Rigoletto, the tortured and disfigured comedian serving Matthew Polenzani’s casino-owning Duke (in Michael Mayer’s Las Vegas-set hit production). Sonya Yoncheva is Gilda, Rigoletto’s innocent daughter, whose love for the Duke leads to her tragic end. Oksana Volkova is a sensual Maddalena, Štefan ...
Sodero; Sayão, Lipton, Björling, Warren, CordonMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 55 min.
Every once in a while the operatic stars align to create that rare performance that makes a familiar work sound brand new. The great Verdi baritone Leonard Warren delivers one of his most sublime portrayals as the hunchbacked jester Rigoletto who, thanks to his own twisted machinations, looses the only thing he cares about. Bidú Sayão is his belove...
Arrivabeni; Machaidze, Chávez, Calleja, Meoni, KocánMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 59 min.
Verdi’s riveting drama features Giovanni Meoni in the title role of the hunchbacked jester who does everything in his power to protect his innocent daughter Gilda (Nino Machaidze) from the cruel and superficial world of the licentious yet charismatic Duke of Mantua (Joseph Calleja). But when Gilda falls in love with the Duke, Rigoletto is powerless...
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