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Antony and Cleopatra

This broadcast captures the gala performance that opened the new Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, with the world premiere of Samuel Barber’s last opera. Based on Shakespeare’s play, adapted as a libretto by director Franco Zeffirelli, it stars the great Leontyne Price as the legendary Queen of Egypt, opposite Justino Díaz as her lover, the Roman general Antony, and Jess Thomas as Caesar, who defeats him. Rosalind Elias is Cleopatra’s servant, Charmian, and Ezio Flagello sings Enobarbus, Antony’s lieutenant. Thomas Schippers conducts the Met’s vast musical forces.

Performance Info

Performance Date
Sep 16, 1966
Composer
Samuel Barber
Librettist
Franco Zeffirelli, based on the play Antony and Cleopatra by Shakespeare
Run Time
1 HRS 59 MIN
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Cast & Creative
Conductor
Thomas Schippers
Cleopatra
Leontyne Price
Caesar
Jess Thomas
Antony
Justino Díaz
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