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Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave
Panizza; Ponselle, Jagel, TibbettMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 0 min.
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
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
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...
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