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Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
Librettist: Felice Romani
Cillario; Caballé, Cossotto, Cossutta, TozziMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 22 min.
Montserrat Caballé is one of the few sopranos who have triumphed at the Met in the Herculean role of Norma. She was acclaimed for the astonishing beauty of her voice, her unbelievable breath control, and the ability to spin out shimmering soft tones that sent the audience into a frenzy. When she brought those formidable gifts to Bellini’s magical s...
Bonynge; Sutherland, Horne, Bergonzi, SiepiMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 28 min.
Norma may be the most challenging soprano role in all of Italian opera. Only the very greatest have the technical mastery and vocal acumen to convey all the facets of this virtuosic part. With this legendary cast, everything comes together in this bel canto masterpiece. Joan Sutherland’s ravishingly beautiful voice can do anything Bellini’s spectac...
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Librettist: Lorenzo da Ponte
Rudolf; de los Angeles, Conner, Miller, Guarrera, SiepiMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 37 min.
The legendary Cesare Siepi sings one of his most popular roles in this historic broadcast—the effervescent servant Figaro. Together with his bride, Susanna (Nadine Conner), Figaro plots to outwit their imperious master, Count Almaviva (Frank Guarrera), who has been making advances towards Susanna. Fortunately the two have help from Almaviva’s disen...
Rosenstock; Della Casa, Freni, Stratas, Krause, SiepiMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 40 min.
Lisa Della Casa may have been Mozart’s ideal Countess. Her aristocratic presence and silvery voice lit up the stage wherever she performed. This broadcast mark’s Della Casa’s final appearance at the Met, and she’s surrounded by an incomparable cast that makes this rich comedy sparkle. Tom Krause is her philandering husband; Cesare Siepi and Mirella...
Rudel; Fleming, McLaughlin, Bunnell, Croft, MorrisMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 54 min.
Mozart’s divine comedy is performed often but rarely with a cast like this. With the great singing actor James Morris (Figaro) and the delectable Marie McLaughlin (Susanna) as the servant couple and aristocratic Dwayne Croft (the Count) and ravishing Renée Fleming (the Countess) as their employers, the battleground is evenly drawn. It finally ends ...
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Librettist: Lorenzo Da Ponte
Leinsdorf; Della Casa, Söderström, Miller, Borg, SiepiMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
The charming Elisabeth Söderström as the saucy servant Susanna and the ravishing, aristocratic Lisa Della Casa as the Countess are at the center of Mozart’s immortal masterpiece, based on the Beaumarchais play. Add Cesare Siepi’s irrepressible Figaro and Mildred Miller’s effervescent Cherubino, and you have one utterly enchanting comedy. Erich Lein...
Levine; Vaness, Battle, von Stade, Allen, RaimondiMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 2 min.
With James Levine’s masterful conducting, Mozart’s sublime score works its colorful magic in this upstairs/downstairs drama. Ruggero Raimondi (Figaro) and Kathleen Battle (Susannah) are the servants, caught up in the ongoing domestic drama of the Count and Countess (Thomas Allen and Carol Vaness). Only all is not what it seems, and the battle lines...
Composer: Christoph Willibald Gluck
Librettist: Ranieri de' Calzabigi
Rudolf; Amara, Cundari, StevensMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 44 min.
Based on the eternal Orpheus myth, this opera is about a love so strong that it reaches beyond the grave. Orfeo dares the furies of hell itself and brings his beloved Euridice back to life, only to almost lose her once again when human nature interrupts. The great American mezzo-soprano Risë Stevens was acclaimed for her portrayal of the pants role...
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Arrigo Boito
Panizza; Rethberg, Martinelli, TibbettMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 20 min.
Giovanni Martinelli was the Met’s leading Verdi tenor in the first half of the 20th century, and his moving and tragic Otello was the pinnacle of his great career. Elizabeth Rethberg is a moving Desdemona and Lawrence Tibbett brings his superb diction and flexible baritone to the role of the menacing Iago. Conductor Ettore Panizza leads a taut and ...
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Arrigo Boito after the play by Shakespeare
Levine; Millo, Domingo, MorrisMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 13 min.
Plácido Domingo, the leading Otello of his generation, gives an intensely emotional performance as the great warrior destroyed by jealousy in this broadcast of Verdi’s towering Shakespeare adaptation. Aprile Millo is his wife, Desdemona, the innocent woman at the center of the web of deceit spun by the villainous Iago—sung by James Morris, who cele...
Mehta; Caballé, McCracken, GobbiMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 15 min.
This is the only broadcast of the great Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballé as Desdemona, a role that suited her pure, limpid, lyric voice to a T—and which she never recorded. James McCracken’s impassioned Otello is as securely sung as it is moving, and the great singing actor Tito Gobbi is an Iago for the ages. Zubin Mehta conducts the monumental ...
Levine; Te Kanawa, Vickers, StewartMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 19 min.
There is nothing more exciting in the theater than witnessing the birth of a genuine star, and this is a prime example: Kiri Te Kanawa’s Met debut, made on only a few hours’ notice. She stepped on stage a virtual unknown, but after her ravishingly sung, deeply poignant portrayal of Desdemona, she was instantly beloved by opera lovers around the wor...
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