Between 1974 and 1984, English director John Dexter sought to revitalize the Met’s offerings by both injecting new life into classics of the repertoire and introducing audiences to novel works. Among his many successful productions was a triptych of pieces by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, whose operas made only rare appearances during most of the 20th century. Two decades after Dexter’s farewell to the company, the Met revived his Stravinsky triple bill under the baton of then–principal guest conductor, Valery Gergiev. Beginning with the jarring ballet Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) and continuing with the two one-act operas Le Rossignol (The Nightingale) and Oedipus Rex, this radio broadcast captures the musical brilliance of one of the last century’s most prolific and innovative composers..
Feb 21, 2004
Igor Stravinsky and Stepan Mitousoff / Jean Cocteau
2 HRS 09 MIN
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus