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Composer: Richard Wagner
Librettist: Richard Wagner
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...
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave. based on the play Le Roi s'amuse by Victor Hugo
Haider; Alvarez, Siurina, CallejaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 56 min.
The beautiful and innocent Gilda (Ekaterina Siurina) has fallen in love with the licentious Duke of Mantua (Joseph Calleja), believing him to be a poor student. Her father Rigoletto, the duke’s hunchbacked jester, has dedicated his life to keeping her from harm, and especially from his master. When Gilda is abducted and brought to the duke’s palace...
Santi; Swenson, White, Leech, Nucci, RooteringMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 57 min.
Rigoletto’s one joy in life is his loving, beautiful daughter, Gilda. She is the only thing he cares for and the single bright spot in his tortured existence. So when Rigoletto’s boss, the handsome, charming, lascivious Duke of Mantua, defiles her, Rigoletto wants revenge. Leo Nucci is the tragic hunchbacked court jester, Ruth Ann Swenson the encha...
Fisch; Netrebko, Herrera, Villazón, Guelfi, HalfvarsonMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 4 min.
Verdi’s story about the hunchbacked father (Rigoletto) who desperately wants to protect his innocent daughter (Gilda) from the licentious Duke of Mantua has seldom been brought to life so electrifyingly as with this cast. The incandescent Anna Netrebko conveys every nuance of Gilda’s emotions as she falls in love, is betrayed, and finally gives her...
Levine; Grist, Grillo, Pavarotti, Wixell, MacurdyMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Verdi’s tragic tale of misplaced love is splendidly enacted by this magnificent cast. Luciano Pavarotti is the elegant, licentious Duke of Mantua who successfully woos the innocent Gilda (Reri Grist) while he’s disguised as a poor student. When he ruins her, her father, Rigoletto (Ingvar Wixell) decides to get revenge—and ends up losing the only th...
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