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Search Results for:Keyword: Risë Stevens
Composer: Georges Bizet
Librettist: Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
Kozma; de los Angeles, Stevens, Tucker, GuarreraMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 27 min.
Bizet’s iconic gypsy was the most celebrated role of the legendary Risë Stevens—and this dramatically compelling performance leaves no doubt that she was one of its greatest interpreters. Richard Tucker is Don José, the soldier whose love for Carmen destroys them both. Victoria de los Angeles gives an enchanting performance as the innocent Micaela,...
Reiner; Conner, Stevens, Tucker, SilveriMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 30 min.
For a generation of operagoers, there was only one Carmen: Risë Stevens. Her beguiling, smoky voice enticed listeners into Carmen’s sensual world, where gypsies smuggled contraband, then danced with soldiers and flirted with matadors. Richard Tucker is Don José, the man Carmen ruins. This broadcast captures the excitement of the then-new production...
Composer: Jacques Offenbach
Librettist: Jules Barbier and Michel Carré
Monteux; Peters, Amara, Stevens, Tucker, SingherMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 18 min.
Legendary conductor Pierre Monteux is at the helm of this opera that is a combination of enticing French music wedded to a sinister German story. With Richard Tucker in the title role, Hoffmann’s tales of the women he has loved—Roberta Peters, Risë Stevens, and Lucine Amara—have seldom been told so poetically. The tunes are as beguiling as Hoffman’...
Composer: Ambroise Thomas
Librettist: Jules Barbier and Michel Carré,
Pelletier; Stevens, Benzell, Melton, Pinza,Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
In this performance, the sensational Risë Stevens sings one of her signature roles, the shy but loving Mignon. It's a true operatic rarity, not heard at the Met since Stevens last did it in 1949, and it overflows with astonishing musical variety. The opera has at least two roles dear to the hearts of great singing actors: Mignon, and old Lothario, ...
Composer: Christoph Willibald Gluck
Librettist: Ranieri de' Calzabigi
Rudolf; Amara, Cundari, StevensMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 44 min.
Based on the eternal Orpheus myth, this opera is about a love so strong that it reaches beyond the grave. Orfeo dares the furies of hell itself and brings his beloved Euridice back to life, only to almost lose her once again when human nature interrupts. The great American mezzo-soprano Risë Stevens was acclaimed for her portrayal of the pants role...
Composer: Richard Strauss
Librettist: Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Kempe; Della Casa, Güden, Stevens, Herbert, EdelmannMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 58 min.
Risë Stevens stars in the title role of the impetuous young Octavian in Strauss’s elegant comedy. The great Lisa Della Casa is the Marschallin, Octavian’s wiser, older lover, and Hilde Güden sings Sophie, the girl he falls in love with. Otto Edelmann delivers a hilarious portrayal as the boorish Baron Ochs, Sophie’s would-be fiancé. Rudolf Kempe le...
Busch; Jessner, Steber, Stevens, Lechner, ListMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 51 min.
The sensational Risë Stevens leads the cast in this spectacular performance of Strauss’s masterwork in one of her most memorable roles, the young Count Octavian. The passionate aristocrat finds himself caught between two women—the gracious, worldly-wise Marschallin, sung by Irene Jessner, and the beautiful young Sophie, played by Eleanor Steber, at...
Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns
Librettist: Ferdinand Lemaire
Cleva; Stevens, Del Monaco, SingherMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 56 min.
This Biblical tale of the overwhelming love between a Jewish leader (Samson) and a Philistine beauty (Dalila) that turns sour and destroys them both has inspired numerous composers. But it’s easy to see why Saint-Saëns’s opera has remained a favorite—not only with audiences but also with great singing actors. Seldom has Dalila been so sultry and se...
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