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Composer: Richard Wagner
Librettist: Richard Wagner
Reiner; Hotter, Varnay, Svanholm, NilssonMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 13 min.
Sometimes legendary performers exceed their reputations to produce an operatic event for the ages. This was one of those afternoons when it all came together. The blazing intensity starts with conductor Fritz Reiner and the Met orchestra in the famous overture. And with two of the greatest singing actors of the 20th century—Hans Hotter and Astrid V...
Gergiev; Stemme, Wagenführer, Morris, RooteringMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 22 min.
Acclaimed Wagnerian James Morris is the tortured Flying Dutchman of the title, the legendary figure doomed to sail the oceans until he finds a woman who will remain true to him until death. Nina Stemme, in her Met debut, sings Senta, the young girl whose sacrifice will finally free him. Valery Gergiev leads the Met Orchestra and Chorus, with Jan-He...
Klobucar; Rysanek, Parly, MacNeil, TozziMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 6 min.
Wagner pulled out all the stops in his retelling of the ancient tale of the Flying Dutchman, using the orchestra to paint the scenes vividly in music. At one moment it is a raging storm at sea, the next it lets us experience the magic of two people falling irrevocably in love. Cornell MacNeil, in one of very few German roles he ever sang, is the da...
Levine; Gessendorf, Lakes, Morris, PlishkaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 18 min.
Wagner’s early opera features a title role that has tempted many great bass-baritones to put their stamp on. James Morris is a singing actor able to convey the rich drama of the part while making it sound easy, thrilling audiences with the sheer power of his voice. James Levine’s authoritative leadership of the Met Orchestra and Chorus adds immeasu...
Conlon; Behrens, Lakes, Morris, SalminenMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 19 min.
The Flying Dutchman is condemned to roam the seven seas for eternity, until he can find a woman who can redeem him through her unswerving love. James Morris’s Dutchman is legendary—utterly commanding, beautifully sung, and revealing every bit of this character’s inner torture and hope. The great Matti Salminen is Daland, a sea captain with a daught...
Böhm; Rysanek, Kónya, London, TozziMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 11 min.
The meeting on stage of two great singing actors is always exciting, and sparks fly in this recording when George London’s haunted Flying Dutchman encounters Leonie Rysanek’s incandescent Senta. The remarkable Giorgio Tozzi is Senta’s ambitious but kind-hearted father, Daland, who brings the lovers together. Karl Böhm keeps Wagner’s turbulent score...
Schippers; Rysanek, Liebl, London, TozziMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 12 min.
This broadcast features two great singing actors of the 20th century at the height of their powers and in roles that will be forever associated with them. George London is the tormented Flying Dutchman of legend, condemned to sail the seas unless he can find a woman who will remain true to him until her death. Leonie Rysanek is Senta, the innocentl...
Bodanzky; Lawrence, Melchior, Hofmann, Manski
Meisle, SchorrMetropolitan Opera Orchestra
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 40 min.
This legendary broadcast begins deep in the mists of myth, with the Fates weaving the destiny of the world—and ends with nothing less than its cataclysmic destruction. Love, betrayal, magic potions, and nefarious plotting all combine in this epic finale of Wagner’s Ring cycle. This performance features a radiant Marjorie Lawrence as Brünnhilde, who...
Leinsdorf; Nilsson, Hopf, Mittelmann, FrickMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 4 hrs. 3 min.
This performance marked Birgit Nilsson’s first Met broadcast in one of her most celebrated roles, Brünnhilde, in the Ring cycle’s final installment. Hans Hopf sings Siegfried, the man whose heroic deeds eventually bring about the twilight of the gods, and the sensational Gottlob Frick is Hagen. With its story of love, treachery, murder—and, ultimat...
Levine; Eaglen, Andersen, Held, HalfvarsonMetropolitan Opera Orchestra
Approximate running time: 4 hrs. 28 min.
This is the stunning conclusion to Wagner’s monumental Ring cycle and one of the most searing of all operas. Siegfried (Stig Andersen), his memory erased by a magical potion, betrays his beloved Brünnhilde (Jane Eaglen) and is murdered by the conniving Hagen (Eric Halfvarson). In the cataclysmic final scene Brünnhilde literally sings the world away...
Stiedry; Harshaw, Windgassen, Uhde, BöhmeMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 44 min.
Siegfried and Brünnhilde are the ideal mythical couple: the greatest hero the world has ever seen, born of a divine father, and a fearless warrior maiden of equally noble ancestry. As he takes off for more heroic adventures at the beginning of this final part of Wagner’s epic Ring cycle, he even gives her his all-powerful ring as reminder of their ...
Leinsdorf; Melchior, Varnay, Thorborg, Sved, CordonMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 58 min.
Lauritz Melchior is the embodiment of the chivalrous knight Lohengrin who magically appears in answer to the prayers of pure Elsa (Astrid Varnay) that heaven send her a champion. The evil sorceress Ortrud (Kerstin Thorborg) and her husband Telramund (Alexander Sved) have accused Elsa of murder and even when Lohengrin defeats Telramund in combat the...
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