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I Vespri Siciliani

This astonishing cast introduced Vespri to Met audiences only a few weeks before this broadcast and opera lovers fought for tickets to hear in person what all the excitement was about. James Levine’s conducting was as passionate as it was authoritative, and the singers responded with performances that are still talked about with awe. Montserrat Caballé is lustrous as Elena, the young woman whose marriage to Arrigo (Nicolai Gedda) ignites a bloodbath. Sherrill Milnes is in top form as Monforte, the hated oppressor, who turns out to be much more than he seems.

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Performance Info

Performance Date
Mar 9, 1974
Composer
Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist
Charles Duveyrier and Eugène Scribe, trans. By Eugenio Caimi
Run Time
2 HRS 36 MIN
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Cast & Creative
Conductor
James Levine
Elena
Montserrat Caballé
Arrigo
Nicolai Gedda
di Monforte
Sherrill Milnes
da Procida
Justino Díaz
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