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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 ...
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 ...
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