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Composer: Francesco Cilèa
Librettist: Arturo Colautti
Fulton; Scotto, Cortez, Shicoff, SereniMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 12 min.
The great Renata Scotto gives a spellbinding performance as the legendary actress of the title. With all of France at her feet, she has doubts about the faithfulness of her lover, the handsome military hero Maurizio (Neil Shicoff). To aid his claim for the Saxon throne, Maurizio has been paying court to the Princess di Bouillon (Viorica Cortez). Em...
Armiliato; Guleghina, Borodina, Domingo, FrontaliMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 14 min.
One of the greatest tenors in Met history, Plácido Domingo recreates the role of his stunning 1968 company debut 40 years after the event. As the swashbuckling aristocratic hero Maurizio, he is wanted by two of the most desirable women in France: Adriana Lecouvreur (Maria Guleghina), the greatest actress in the history of the Comédie-Française, an...
López-Cobos; Caballé, Cossotto, Carreras, QuilicoMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Even being the world’s greatest and most admired actress doesn’t guarantee that the handsome young man you love is safe from other women—especially when you have a conniving Princess as a rival. On the other hand, there is something marvelously romantic about being killed by a bouquet of poisoned violets. Montserrat Caballé is the definitive Adrian...
Composer: Richard Strauss
Librettist: Hugo von Hofmannsthal, based on Helena von Euripides
Luisi; Voigt, Damrau, Grove, Kerl, BrendelMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 2 min.
Deborah Voigt brings sumptuous vocalism and dramatic presence to the title role of Strauss and Hofmannsthal’s re-imagination of the Helen myth. Set in the aftermath of the Trojan War, the story is based on the premise that the Helen who came to Troy was a phantom, while the real, faithful one was spirited away. After the war, she is reunited with h...
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Antonio Ghislanzoni
Schippers; Price, Bumbry, Bergonzi, Merrill, HinesMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 26 min.
Leontyne Price’s performance here reminds us why she was the most acclaimed Aida of her time. Grace Bumbry is a fiercely royal Amneris, as passionately in love with Radames (Carlo Bergonzi) as Aida is. But the love triangle is further complicated by two nations at war with each other. And it all comes unraveled when Aida’s father (Robert Merrill) f...
Armiliato; Moore, Blythe, Giordani, Ataneli, MorrisMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 27 min.
Soprano Latonia Moore makes a sensational Met debut as Aida, the Ethiopian princess enslaved at the rival court of Egypt. She loves the warrior Radamès (Marcello Giordani), who is promised to Amneris (Stephanie Blythe), the princess of Egypt. When Aida’s father, the Ethiopian king Amonasro (Lado Ataneli), convinces his daughter to trick Radamès int...
Schick; Tucci, Dalis, Corelli, MacNeil, TozziMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 22 min.
Italian tenor Franco Corelli had it all: movie-star looks, ringing high notes he could hold for what seemed like forever, and a charismatic stage presence. With Corelli as Radames, the captain of the Egyptian army, it was more than believable that the daughter of the Egyptian king, Amneris (Irene Dalis), would want him – and that she would do every...
Cleva; Milanov, Barbieri, Baum, Warren, HinesMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 18 min.
Verdi’s Aida has come to symbolize grand opera, and with such a legendary cast as the one assembled for this performance it’s easy to see why. With her sumptuous sound, Zinka Milanov embodied Aida for a generation of opera-lovers, and her distinctive voice filled the theater, and listeners’ hearts, with every facet of the character’s conflicting em...
Levine; Price, Horne, Domingo, MacNeil, GiaiottiMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 24 min.
Verdi’s opera is a perennial favorite and often attracts stellar casts at the Met, but seldom has there been such a glittering group of singers in one performance. The legendary Leontyne Price is Aida, one of the roles she was destined to sing. Her rival, Amneris, is none other than Marilyn Horne, acclaimed as one of the greatest singers of the 20...
Levine; Millo, Toczyska, Domingo, Milnes, PlishkaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 29 min.
A golden-voiced Plácido Domingo is Radamès, victorious leader of the triumphant Egyptian army in this memorable broadcast. He can have anything in the world he wants—except the woman he loves, the slave Aida (Aprile Millo). The King bestows his own daughter, Amneris (Stefania Toczyska), on Radamès—which is fine with her, until she discovers he woul...
Levine; Voigt, Borodina, Pavarotti, Delavan, BezzubenkovMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 25 min.
Superstar tenor Luciano Pavarotti sings Radamès, the heroic leader of the Egyptian army, in his final Met broadcast. He is surrounded by a superb cast led by the two ladies who compete for his attention. Deborah Voigt is a melting Aida, the captured Ethiopian princess forced to become a slave to Pharaoh’s daughter, Amneris, sung by the spectacular ...
Composer: Tobias Picker
Librettist: Gene Scheer
Conlon; Racette, Graham, Zajick, Begley, GunnMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 34 min.
Recorded a few weeks after the opera’s world premiere at the Met, this broadcast captures the all-star original cast of Tobias Picker’s work based on Theodore Dreiser’s searing 1925 novel of murder and social ambition. At its center is Nathan Gunn as Clyde Griffiths, the impoverished but ambitious young man from the Midwest who comes to upstate New...
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