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Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Antonio Ghislanzoni
Levine; Price, Cossotto, McCracken, Estes, MacurdyMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 45 min.
This was one of the most emotional evenings in Met history—the night Leontyne Price bid farewell to opera. Aida is the role that inspired audiences around the world to acclaim her as the greatest Verdi soprano of her time. And this telecast shows why: the famous soaring phrases that seemed to never end, the shimmering top to her lustrous voice, und...
Levine; Millo, Zajick, Domingo, Milnes, KavrakosMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 37 min.
Sonja Frisell’s production captures all the grandeur and excitement of Verdi’s monumental opera, particularly the great triumphal scene where the Egyptian army, led by Plácido Domingo (Radamès), returns victorious from war. Aprile Millo is Aida, the slave girl whose love for Radamès has her squaring off with Amneris (Dolora Zajick), the Egyptian pr...
Composer: Umberto Giordano
Librettist: Luigi Illica
Levine; Guleghina, White, Christin, Pavarotti, PonsMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 2 min.
Luciano Pavarotti is at his most ardent as the romantic poet Andrea Chenier who is overwhelmed by his impossible love for the beautiful Maddalena (Maria Guleghina). She is a pampered aristocrat and he is but a poor member of the French Revolution. But even though their entire world is being torn apart in by unprecedented violence, their love will n...
Composer: Richard Strauss
Librettist: Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Thielemann; Te Kanawa, Brendel, McLaughlin, Kuebler, McIntyreMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 49 min.
Otto Schenk’s opulent production, conducted masterfully by Christian Thielemann, provides a perfect setting for Strauss’s bittersweet comedy of true love and mistaken identity. The great Kiri Te Kanawa is radiant as Arabella, the daughter of an impoverished aristocrat who must marry a wealthy man to save her family. Wolfgang Brendel sings Mandryka,...
Levine; Norman, Battle, Troyanos, King, NentwigMetropolitan Opera Orchestra
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 11 min.
Jessye Norman is a regal Ariadne, the mythological Greek heroine in this opera-within-an-opera, opposite the passionate Bacchus of the great James King. Kathleen Battle delivers the coloratura fireworks of Zerbinetta, the leader of a commedia dell’arte troupe that finds itself stranded on Ariadne’s island. Tatiana Troyanos and Franz Ferdinand Nentw...
Levine; Voigt, Dessay, Mentzer, Margison, GunnMetropolitan Opera Orchestra
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 14 min.
Elijah Moshinsky’s witty production deftly walks the line between the lighthearted humor and the profound philosophical underpinnings of Strauss and Hofmannsthal’s opera, masterfully conducted here by Met Music Director James Levine. Deborah Voigt stars as Ariadne, the mythical heroine abandoned on the island of Naxos by her lover, and Richard Marg...
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Antonio Somma
Levine; Millo, Blackwell, Quivar, Pavarotti, NucciMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 15 min.
This atmospheric production by Piero Faggioni, conducted by James Levine, captures all the brooding power and elegance of Verdi’s drama of love and politics. Luciano Pavarotti stars as Riccardo, the unlucky ruler in love with his best friend’s wife, Amelia (Aprile Millo). Leo Nucci is the husband torn between loyalty and his thirst for revenge, and...
Patanè; Ricciarelli, Blegen, Berini, Pavarotti, QuilicoMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 25 min.
Director Elijah Moshinsky’s production sets Verdi’s poignant opera in colonial Boston, where Riccardo (Luciano Pavarotti) is the British governor, in love with his best friend’s wife. “Perhaps the most complete role for a tenor…a severe test, both vocally and dramatically,” is how Pavarotti described his role. Of course, he’s brilliant—with his dis...
Composer: Bedřich Smetana
Librettist: Karel Sabina
Levine; Stratas, Gedda, Vickers, TalvelaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 21 min.
Every bit of the spontaneous charm that infuses Smetana’s colorful opera is conveyed in this English-language performance by a spectacular cast. Teresa Stratas as Mařenka is determined to marry her lover Jenik (Nicolai Gedda), but her father in under obligation to Micha and wants her to marry Micha’s son—the stuttering, rather foolish Vašek (Jon Vi...
Composer: Benjamin Britten
Librettist: E. M. Forster and Eric Crozier, based on the short novel "Billy Budd" by Herman Melville
Bedford; Langridge, Croft, MorrisMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 38 min.
John Dexter’s brilliant production of Britten’s searing opera stars Dwayne Croft in the title role of the handsome young sailor whose kindness and innocence cause his downfall. The great James Morris is Claggart, master-at-arms on the 18th-century warship Indomitable, who falsely accuses Billy of inciting a mutiny. Philip Langridge sings Captain Ve...
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Librettist: Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Levine; Scotto, Niska, Pavarotti, WixellMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Puccini’s heartbreaking story of young love in the garrets of Belle Epoque Paris has attracted many famous singers through the years. But with James Levine at the helm and the starry duo of Luciano Pavarotti and Renata Scotto as Rodolfo and Mimi, every bit of emotion in the score pours across the footlights and seduces the audience. In this case, t...
Levine; Stratas, Scotto, Carreras, StilwellMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 4 min.
Franco Zeffirelli’s sensational production of Puccini’s haunting opera of young love is one of the great classics in the history of the Met. Many great singers have appeared in it over the years, but there is something especially endearing about this magical first cast: the touching and fragile Teresa Stratas as the dying Mimi, and young, handsome ...
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