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Composer: Richard Wagner
Librettist: Richard Wagner
Levine; Ludwig, Vickers, Weikl, Shinall, TalvelaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 4 hrs. 6 min.
Hearing either Jon Vickers or Christa Ludwig, two of the most riveting singing actors of their time, in Parsifal would be cause for celebration. This recording presents both of these great artists in their only joint broadcast of Wagner’s mystical opera, with James Levine bringing his own special magic to the occasion, making it indeed a Parsifal f...
Levine; Dunn, Hofmann, Stewart, Meredith, HinesMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 4 hrs. 24 min.
Wagner’s mystical opera makes extraordinary demands on the conductor, but James Levine is renowned for the special affection and authority he brings to this transcendent work. The music shimmers and glows, evoking the legendary world of the Knights of the Holy Grail and the pure fool who brings healing power to the land. Peter Hofmann stars as the ...
Composer: Claude Debussy
Librettist: Maurice Maeterlinck
Rattle; Kozená, Palmer, Degout, Finley, WhiteMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 52 min.
Star conductor Simon Rattle leads a superb cast in this mesmerizing performance of Debussy’s rarely staged opera. Stéphane Degout and Magdalena Kožená are the tragic title couple—lovers caught in a web of passion as strong as it is forbidden. Gerald Finley delivers a remarkable portrayal of Golaud, Mélisande’s husband and Pelléas’s half-brother, an...
Levine; von Stade, Croft, Horne, Braun, LloydMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 34 min.
James Levine’s affection for Debussy’s masterful score creates a performance rich in orchestral and vocal colors, with all the subtle emotional shifts of the drama vividly brought to life. The magnificent Frederica von Stade is Mélisande, in a production staged for her 25th Met anniversary. Victor Braun and Dwayne Croft are half-brothers Golaud and...
Levine; Pilou, Duesing, Taillon, van Dam, HinesMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 55 min.
From \"James Levine: Celebrating 40 Years at thet Met\" CD Box Set\r\rJames Levine brilliantly leads Debussy’s colorful score, illuminating the mysterious world in which the title characters are trapped. Jeannette Pilou is the elusive young Mélisande, discovered deep in a forest by Golaud (José van Dam in an incandescent performance), who marries h...
Composer: Benjamin Britten
Librettist: Montagu Slater
Davis; Amara, Vickers, EvansMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 23 min.
The great Jon Vickers sings one of his most acclaimed roles, the tortured fisherman of the title, in Britten’s powerful drama. Hounded by the small-minded local townspeople, with only Ellen Orford (Lucine Amara) and Captain Balstrode (Geraint Evans) on his side, Peter’s slow descent into madness is as searing as it is inevitable. Colin Davis conduc...
Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
Librettist: Felice Romani
Campanella; Fleming, Giordani, CroftMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 19 min.
Bellini’s emotion-drenched opera had never been performed at the Met until superstar soprano Renée Fleming revealed its riches to captivated audiences. Gualtiero (Marcello Giodani) is an exiled count, forced to become a pirate. His enemy Ernesto (Dwayne Croft) blackmails Imogene (Fleming) into marrying him, even though he knows she loves Gualtiero....
Composer: Giacomo Meyerbeer
Librettist: Eugène Scribe
Lewis; Horne, McCracken, Scotto, HinesMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 57 min.
Meyerbeer’s grand operas once ruled the operatic world, but they’re rarities today. With this performance the Met pulled out all the stops to show modern audiences what all the fuss was about. James McCracken is Jean of Lyden, a simple innkeeper who is proclaimed the Prophet and who leads a religious uprising in medieval Holland. During the turmoil...
Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
Librettist: Carlo Pepoli
Mariotti; Peretyatko, Brownlee, Kwiecien, PertusiMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 30 min.
Bellini’s elegiac last opera with its aching beautiful vocal lines and dazzling coloratura fireworks has long been a special favorite of lovers of bel canto opera. Olga Peretyatko is Elvira, the Puritan girl who goes mad when she thinks she has been betrayed by her beloved Arturo (Lawrence Brownlee). In fact he is sympathetic to the Stuart cause an...
Müller; Swenson, Neill, Hampson, MilesMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Bellini’s last opera, set during the time of the English Civil War, is a glorious treasure of melody. Ruth Ann Swenson is Elvira, the lovely Puritan heroine who goes mad when she thinks she has been jilted by her lover, Arturo (Stuart Neill). But he has only been doing his duty as a Cavalier in saving his queen, the widow of King Charles I, from th...
Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
Librettist: Count Carlo Pepoli
Bonynge; Gruberova, Merritt, Gavanelli, PlishkaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 27 min.
Few sopranos have tackled the extraordinarily difficult role of Elvira in Bellini’s last opera at the Met. In this remarkable performance, the great Edita Gruberova sails through the vocal challenges, pulling off her trademark coloratura stunts and caressing Bellini’s long, languid phrases with equal ease. She creates a poignant, very human portrai...
Bonynge; Sutherland, Pavarotti, Milnes, MorrisMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 24 min.
When this production opened, it had been more than half a century since Met audiences had last heard Bellini’s gem of an opera. It was well worth the wait. “The best cast in the world,” was how one critic described the legendary performers the Met brought together. The pair sent audiences into a frenzy with their sumptuous, dazzling singing. Joan S...
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