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Composer: Richard Wagner
Librettist: Richard Wagner
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 ...
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Salvadore Cammarano
Cillario; Caballé, Cossotto, Domingo, Merrill, VincoMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 8 min.
One of Verdi’s most popular operas receives a blazingly dramatic performance by a sensational cast: Montserrat Caballé is Leonora, the young noblewoman caught between two feuding archenemies: her beloved, the troubadour and rebel leader Manrico (Plácido Domingo), and the aristocratic, villainous Count di Luna (Robert Merrill). Fiorenza Cossotto is ...
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Salvatore Cammarano
Bonynge; Sutherland, Verrett, Pavarotti, Nucci, De GrandisMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 15 min.
Enrico Caruso famously said that putting on Trovatore was easy: the only thing needed were the four best singers in the world. Few people would take issue with the sensational cast of this broadcast: The radiant superstar Joan Sutherland, in her last operatic appearance at the Met, is Leonora, the young woman loved by two men—the outlaw Manrico (Lu...
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Salvatore Cammarano and Leone Emanuele Bardare
Levine; Millo, Cossotto, Pavarotti, Milnes, PlishkaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Verdi’s beloved opera overflows with marvelous arias, ensembles, and choruses—all superbly sung by this all-star cast, under the direction of James Levine. Aprile Millo (Leonore) is in love with the mysterious troubadour Manrico (Luciano Pavarotti) but the nefarious Count Di Luna (Sherrill Milnes) wants her for himself. Add to the roiling drama the...
Cleva; Price, Dalis, Corelli, Sereni, WildermanMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 4 min.
One of the legendary evenings in Met history was the night Leontyne Price and Franco Corelli both made their Met debuts. The opera was Verdi’s Il Trovatore, an absolutely perfect fit for their voices and one that would forever after be associated with these two singers. This broadcast is the next performance they gave and captures not only the spec...
Noseda; Radvanovsky, Zajick, Álvarez, Hvorostovsky, YounMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Few operas have been as maligned as Il Trovatore. But few things in opera can compare to (and diminish an audience’s delight in) the dramatic power of the endless melodies and surging rhythms Verdi lavished on his characters. At the center of a tangled web of fate is Marcello Álvarez as the heroic troubadour, Manrico, who finds himself in a deadly ...
Composer: Hector Berlioz
Librettist: Hector Berlioz
Levine; Hunt Lieberson, Voigt, Heppner, Croft, LloydMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 4 hrs. 3 min.
From \"James Levine: Celebrating 40 Years at the Met\" CD Box Set\r\rPerformances of Berlioz’s epic masterpiece are rare events—under James Levine’s inspired leadership, the stellar cast and the Met’s chorus and orchestra triumphantly meet the enormous challenge. Ben Heppner is the legendary Trojan hero Aeneas who escapes the doomed city of Troy an...
Composer: Samuel Barber
Librettist: Gian Carlo Menotti
Steinberg; Costa, Elias, Thebom, Tozzi, Christopher, GrahamMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 46 min.
Samuel Barber’s opera had it world premiere at the Met in 1958. In this first revival, soprano Mary Costa took on the title role of the beautiful woman who has waited 20 years for the return of her lover, Anatol. But the man who appears is a younger Anatol, her lover’s son, sung by John Alexander. Rosalind Elias as Erika, Vanessa’s niece, and Giorg...
Mitropoulos; Steber, Elias, Resnik, Gedda, TozziMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 0 min.
This broadcast, recorded just two weeks after Vanessa’s Met world premiere, presents the original cast in spectacular form. Eleanor Steber is marvelous as the title heroine, a beautiful woman awaiting the return of her long-lost lover. But the man who arrives is his son, Anatol (a suave Nicolai Gedda). The handsome youth plays a dangerous emotional...
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