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Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Librettist: Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Oren; Holleque, Pavarotti, PonsMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 54 min.
Luciano Pavarotti was especially acclaimed for his portrayal of Cavaradossi in Puccini’s magnificent opera. The superstar tenor’s plangent, beautiful voice perfectly fit the expressive music. Elizabeth Holleque plays Floria Tosca, the famous singer who is caught in the snare of her lover’s political enemy, Rome’s chief of police, Baron Scarpia (Jua...
Adler; Price, Corelli, MacNeilMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 55 min.
The combination of Leontyne Price and Franco Corelli sent audiences into delirium. Her rich, soaring soprano perfectly matched his ardent, romantic tenor. The year after their history-making joint debut at the Met, they were paired in Puccini’s gripping tale of deception and revenge. Price, in the title role of Rome’s most famous singer, is forced ...
Mitropoulos; Tebaldi, Tucker, WarrenMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 0 min.
Sometimes everything clicks during a performance, and this Tosca is one of those rare moments. Three of the greatest singers in the world—Renata Tebaldi, Richard Tucker, and Leonard Warren—all in such spectacular voice, effortlessly convey every bit of Puccini’s hair-raising drama. With Dimitri Mitropoulos bringing the orchestra and chorus into the...
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Librettist: Giacosa and Illica
Adler; Steber, Bergonzi, LondonMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 53 min.
Tosca, the beautiful, glamorous singer who has all of Rome at her feet, is one of the iconic soprano roles of the Italian repertoire. She’s caught between two men—her lover, the handsome, idealistic painter Cavaradossi, and the villainous Baron Scarpia, Rome’s all-powerful chief of police, who will stop at nothing to win Tosca for himself. Puccini’...
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave
Panizza; Ponselle, Jagel, TibbettMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
One of the earliest Met broadcasts to survive complete, this legendary performance is also the only existing complete recording of an Italian opera starring one of the greatest sopranos of the 20th century—Rosa Ponselle. Not yet 40 at the time but only two years away from her sudden retirement from the stage, Ponselle delivers a definitive portraya...
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave, after the play La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas
Nézet-Séguin; Damrau, Pirgu, DomingoMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 8 min.
Diana Damrau is heartbreaking as Verdi’s most beloved heroine, the courtesan Violetta who gives up her lavish life for the sake of true love—only to be forced to renounce the one person she cares about. Legendary tenor Plácido Domingo takes on the baritone role of Giorgio Germont, the father of Violetta’s lover, Alfredo, sung by Saimir Pirgu. Risin...
Rizzi; Racette, Álvarez, ChernovMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Soprano Patricia Racette is deeply moving as Violetta, the courtesan of the title and one of Verdi’s most beloved creations. Marcelo Álvarez sings Alfredo, the young man whose devotion and honesty make her give up her life of endless partying. They leave the city of Paris together—only to have their idyllic existence shattered when Alfredo’s father...
Abel; Gheorghiu, Valenti, HampsonMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 2 min.
Angela Gheorghiu, in one of her signature roles, is the enticing Violetta, the most beautiful courtesan in Paris. With the entire city at her feet she would seem to have everything—except true love, from which she has always run away. When she meets the young, handsome Alfredo (rising tenor James Valenti), she gives up her former life. But their bl...
Antonicelli; Steber, Di Stefano, MerrillMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Verdi’s immortal tragedy about the clash of true love with social convention has seldom been as poignant as in this broadcast. The sensational Italian tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano, in his second season at the Met, offers his first Alfredo with the company—a tender, romantic, and gorgeously sung performance that perfectly matches Eleanor Steber’s sumpt...
Gergiev; Fleming, Vargas, HvorostovskyMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 3 min.
Superstar Renée Fleming sings one of the most famous roles in all of opera, the beautiful and riveting courtesan Violetta. She could have any man in Paris, but she throws it all away for her one chance at true love with Alfredo (Ramón Vargas). But Alfredo’s father—the sensational Dmitri Hvorostovsky—afraid of a scandal is determined to break the co...
Levine; Cotrubas, Domingo, MacNeilMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 59 min.
Ileana Cotrubas is stunning as Violetta, the glamorous courtesan who gives up everything for love. Her portrayal is filled with countless little touches that make even the most familiar role seem totally new, and audiences suffered with her plight, and wept at her death. Plácido Domingo’s golden, seductive voice would make any woman want to run awa...
Cleva; Tebaldi, Campora, WarrenMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Few singing actresses can resist the appeal of playing Violetta, the beautiful courtesan who gives up everything for her one chance at true love. Renata Tebaldi’s idiomatic portrayal is heartbreaking; from the glittering gaiety of Act I, through gripping confrontation with Alfredo’s father (Leonard Warren) and the misunderstanding with Alfredo hims...
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