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Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave
Antonicelli; Steber, Di Stefano, MerrillMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 54 min.
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...
Armiliato; Gheorghiu, Kaufmann, Michaels-MooreMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 0 min.
There’s a good reason La Traviata is one of the best-known, and best-loved, operas of all time. Verdi’s exquisite music conveys every bit of emotion felt by the gorgeous, successful Parisian courtesan Violetta (Angela Gheorghiu). From the frenzy of her pleasure-filled life, to the suddenness with which she falls in love with handsome young Alfredo ...
Composer: Richard Wagner
Librettist: Richard Wagner
Leinsdorf; Nilsson, Dalis, Thomas, TozziMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 24 min.
This broadcast captures legendary soprano Birgit Nilsson at the height of her artistry in what was arguably her greatest role—Wagner’s Isolde. She is joined by Jess Thomas, who gives a heroic performance as Tristan. The stellar cast also includes Giorgio Tozzi as King Marke, the man Isolde is forced to marry, Irene Dalis as Brangäne, Isolde’s confi...
Bodanzky; Flagstad, Melchior, Branzell, List, HuehnMetropolitan Opera Orchestra
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 3 min.
The pairing of Kirsten Flagstad and Lauritz Melchior in the title roles of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde is among the most celebrated artistic collaborations in the history of 20th-century opera. This legendary broadcast unites these two exceptional singers, both at the height of their vocal powers, in a performance of stunning intensity. Karin Branz...
Barenboim; Dalayman, DeYoung, Lehman, Grochowski, YounMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 50 min.
Celebrated Wagnerian conductor Daniel Barenboim made his Met debut with this production of one of opera’s greatest dramas. Gary Lehman and Katarina Dalayman are the legendary title characters in this searing story of love and destiny. Kwangchul Youn sings King Marke, the betrayed monarch whose understanding and forgiveness comes too late to save th...
Solti; Nilsson, Dalis, Liebl, Cassel, HinesMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 19 min.
This is the only Met broadcast the legendary Birgit Nilsson sang with conductor Georg Solti. Wagner’s revolutionary music drama requires performers of exceptional vocal and dramatic abilities, and since Nilsson’s 1950 Met debut in the role, there was no soprano who could match her as the fiery Irish princess. Isolde is forced into marrying the agin...
Rosenstock; Nilsson, Dalis, Liebl, Cassel, HinesMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 15 min.
Wagner’s revolutionary score changed the world of music with its radical portrayal of an all-consuming passion that can only be fulfilled in death. The legendary Birgit Nilsson sings Isolde, one of her greatest roles, in her second Met season. Karl Liebl is Tristan, the man she loves—and the best friend of the man she is forced to marry. Jerome Hin...
Levine; Eaglen, Dalayman, Heppner, Ketelsen, PapeMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 51 min.
Wagner’s retelling of the ancient tale of all consuming love that knows no boundaries is one of the greatest operas ever written. The orchestra is as much a part of the story as the singers on stage, and under James Levine’s inspired leadership the Met orchestra gives one of its greatest performances—by turns yearning, raging, tender, fiery, and al...
Stiedry; Harshaw, Thebom, Vinay, Cassel, EdelmannMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 25 min.
Wagner’s ode to the power of all-consuming love makes inhuman demands on the tenor and soprano who portray the two lovers. Fortunately in this broadcast we have Ramon Vinay as Tristan—a singing actor known for intensity and spontaneity in his stage appearances. His Isolde is the great American soprano Margaret Harshaw in her only broadcast of this ...
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