Listeners’ Choice: Historic Met Broadcast


February 6, 2021
Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor
Performance from December 8, 1956
Fausto Cleva; Maria Callas (Lucia), Giuseppe Campora (Edgardo), Enzo Sordello (Enrico), Nicola Moscona (Raimondo)

As part of the 2020–21 season of Saturday Matinee Broadcasts, the Met will present an iconic broadcast from our archives—chosen by you, our radio audience, from the below list of ten historic broadcasts. Voting took place through the month of December 2020, and the opera that received the most votes, Lucia di Lammermoor starring Maria Callas from 1956, will be broadcast on February 6, 2021.

Thank you to all of our listeners who voted and shared memories of hearing a chosen broadcast—at the opera house or on the radio. And remember, tune in to the Toll Brothers–Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network on Saturday, February 6, to hear our Listeners’ Choice.

Wagner: Die Walküre (Feb 17, 1940)
Leinsdorf; Flagstad, Lawrence, Branzell, Melchior, Huehn, List

Puccini: Manon Lescaut (Dec 10, 1949)
Antonicelli; Kirsten, Björling, Valdengo, Baccaloni

Massenet: Manon (Dec 18, 1954)
Monteux; De los Angeles, Valletti, Corena, Hines

Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera (Dec 10, 1955)
Mitropoulos; Milanov, Peters, Anderson, Peerce, Merrill

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (Dec 8, 1956)
Cleva; Callas, Campora, Sordello, Moscona

Wagner: Der Fliegende Holländer (Mar 5, 1960)
Schippers; Rysanek, London, Liebl, Tozzi

Verdi: La Forza del Destino (Mar 12, 1960)
Schippers; Tebaldi, Tucker, Sereni, Hines

Bellini: La Sonnambula (Mar 30, 1963)
Varviso; Sutherland, Gedda, Flagello

R. Strauss: Salome (Mar 13, 1965)
Böhm; Nilsson, Cassel, Dalis, Liebl

Puccini: Madama Butterfly (Jan 1, 1966)
Schick; Scotto, Alexander, Grillo, Dunlap