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Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
Librettist: Carlo Pepoli
Müller; Swenson, Neill, Hampson, MilesMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 34 min.
Bellini’s last opera, set during the time of the English Civil War, is a glorious treasure of melody. Ruth Ann Swenson is Elvira, the lovely Puritan heroine who goes mad when she thinks she has been jilted by her lover, Arturo (Stuart Neill). But he has only been doing his duty as a Cavalier in saving his queen, the widow of King Charles I, from th...
Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
Librettist: Count Carlo Pepoli
Bonynge; Gruberova, Merritt, Gavanelli, PlishkaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 27 min.
Few sopranos have tackled the extraordinarily difficult role of Elvira in Bellini’s last opera at the Met. In this remarkable performance, the great Edita Gruberova sails through the vocal challenges, pulling off her trademark coloratura stunts and caressing Bellini’s long, languid phrases with equal ease. She creates a poignant, very human portrai...
Bonynge; Sutherland, Pavarotti, Milnes, MorrisMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 24 min.
When this production opened, it had been more than half a century since Met audiences had last heard Bellini’s gem of an opera. It was well worth the wait. “The best cast in the world,” was how one critic described the legendary performers the Met brought together. The pair sent audiences into a frenzy with their sumptuous, dazzling singing. Joan S...
Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Librettist: Modest Tchaikovsky
Ozawa; Guleghina, Palmer, Heppner, Stoyanov, DelavanMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 44 min.
Tchaikovsky’s powerful adaptation of Pushkin’s story stars Ben Heppner as Hermann, the army officer whose obsession with gambling leads to tragedy. Maria Guleghina is Lisa, the young woman he falls in love with and abandons, and Felicity Palmer sings the mysterious old Countess whose secret Hermann is after. Vladimir Stoyanov is Prince Yeletsky, Li...
Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Librettist: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Nelsons; Mattila, Zajick, Galouzine, Mattei, MarkovMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 48 min.
Tchaikovsky’s thrilling operatic adaptation of Pushkin’s classic story features an ideal cast of great singing actors: Karita Mattila is Lisa, the young woman at the center of the action. Vladimir Galouzine sings Hermann, the officer who pursues her to discover a mysterious combination of cards that would let him win a fortune at the gaming tables....
Gergiev; Gorchakova, Söderström, Domingo, Hvorostovsky, PutilinChorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 42 min.
There’s passion and drama galore in Tchaikovsky’s rich setting of Pushkin’s chilling novel of obsession. Dashing Dmitri Hvorostovsky is Prince Yeletsky, engaged to Lisa (Galina Gorchakova) who is also loved by Gherman (Plácido Domingo at his most romantically impassioned). Lisa’s grandmother, the old Countess (Elisabeth Söderström) had been given t...
Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Librettist: W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman
Reiner; Güden, Thebom, Conley, HarrellMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 20 min.
This historic broadcast captures the U.S. premiere of Stravinsky’s landmark opera. Legendary conductor Fritz Reiner leads an extraordinary cast, headed by Eugene Conley as Tom Rakewell, the young man whose sudden inheritance leads to his downfall and the loss of his beloved, Anne Trulove, sung by the great Hilde Güden. Mack Harrell is Nick Shadow, ...
Levine; Upshaw, Blythe, Groves, RameyMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 29 min.
James Levine leads a great cast in Stravinsky’s powerful tale of a young man’s fall. Paul Groves is Tom Rakewell, who leaves a life in the country and the faithful Anne Trulove (Dawn Upshaw) for the temptations of London—seduced by the sinister Nick Shadow (Samuel Ramey), better known as the devil. Stephanie Blythe stars as Baba the Turk.
Composer: Richard Wagner
Librettist: Richard Wagner
Stiedry; Hotter, Svanholm, Davidson, HarshawMetropolitan Opera Orchestra
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 22 min.
The great Hans Hotter, in his Met debut season, is magnificent as Wotan in this memorable broadcast of the prologue to Wagner’s Ring cycle. He leads an extraordinary cast that also includes Margaret Harshaw as Wotan’s wife, Fricka, Set Svanholm as a true heldentenor Loge, the demi-god of fire, Lawrence Davidson as the evil Nibelung dwarf Alberich, ...
von Karajan; Reynolds, Stolze, Adam, KelemenMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 19 min.
Theo Adam is Wotan, leader of the gods, in this extraordinary performance of the prologue to Wagner’s Ring cycle—one of only two Met broadcasts ever conducted by the great Herbert von Karajan. The star-studded cast includes Gerhard Stolze as Loge, the cunning demi-god of fire, Martti Talvela and Karl Ridderbusch as the giants, Fasolt and Fafner, Zo...
Levine; Schwarz, Langridge, Morris, WlaschihaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 35 min.
Under James Levine’s thrilling direction the famous Met Orchestra is at its best in this first installment of Wagner’s Ring cycle. From the dark, mysterious beginning in the depths of the Rhine River to the blazing end as the gods cross the rainbow bridge into their new home of Valhalla, this is a searing performance. James Morris is the commanding...
Levine; Schwarz, Langridge, Morris, WlaschihaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 31 min.
From the almost imperceptible single low note of the basses at the beginning to the triumphant blazing fanfare from the entire orchestra as the gods enter Valhalla at the end—there is nothing like this opening chapter of the Ring in all opera. It’s an enthralling tale of gods, giants, dwarves, treasure, and the curse that will haunt the entire worl...
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