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Composer: Charles Gounod
Librettist: Jules Barbier and Michel Carré
Cooper; Sayão, Björling, Brownlee, MosconaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 6 min.
From their first meeting until their tragic deaths, Jussi Björling and Bidú Sayão are a Romeo and Juliet you won’t be able to forget. Their achingly beautiful voices convey all the passion and impetuousness of Shakespeare’s poignant teenage lovers. But at the same time Björling and Sayao sing with an elegance and charm so necessary for French opera...
Molinari-Pradelli; Freni, Gedda, Reardon, MacurdyMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 37 min.
No Roméo could possibly resist Mirella Freni’s enchanting combination of appealing innocence and impulsiveness as Juliette. Her warm lyric voice glided over Juliette’s phrases with a naturalness that brought the character to stunning life. Nicolai Gedda’s Roméo was sensitive, ardent, and as stylish as they come. Together Freni and Gedda showed a ne...
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Librettist: Giuseppe Adami
Marin; Opolais, Christy, Filianoti, Brenciu, CroftMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 47 min.
Soprano Kristine Opolais made a celebrated Met debut in Puccini’s bittersweet story of love and loss. She sings Magda, a young woman who leaves behind her luxurious existence as the mistress of the rich Rambaldo (Dwayne Croft) to follow her heart and live with Ruggero (Giuseppe Filianoti)—but their happiness is short-lived. Anna Christy is Magda’s ...
Composer: Richard Strauss
Librettist: Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Kempe; Della Casa, Güden, Stevens, Herbert, EdelmannMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 58 min.
Risë Stevens stars in the title role of the impetuous young Octavian in Strauss’s elegant comedy. The great Lisa Della Casa is the Marschallin, Octavian’s wiser, older lover, and Hilde Güden sings Sophie, the girl he falls in love with. Otto Edelmann delivers a hilarious portrayal as the boorish Baron Ochs, Sophie’s would-be fiancé. Rudolf Kempe le...
Schippers; Schwarzkopf, Raskin, Della Casa, Dönch, EdelmannMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 56 min.
Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s sublime comedy set in a fairy-tale 18th-century Vienna is ideally served by an extraordinary cast: The elegant Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, heard here in her Met debut run, embodied the character of the Marschallin like no other singer. Lisa Della Casa (herself a celebrated Marschallin) is Octavian, her youthfu...
Levine; Te Kanawa, Blegen, Troyanos, Hammond-Stroud, HauglandMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 10 min.
Kiri Te Kanawa is sensational as the Marschallin, one of the most beloved characters in all of opera. When her young aristocratic lover Octavian (the magnificent Tatiana Troyanos) delivers the ceremonial silver rose to Sophie (Judith Blegen), the fiancée of their country cousin, Baron Ochs (Aage Haugland), the two young people fall instantly in lov...
Böhm; Rysanek, Grist, Ludwig, Knoll, BerryMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 2 min.
Strauss’s poignant fairy tale of 18th-century Vienna is brilliantly realized by a glittering cast under the musical direction of the great Karl Böhm, a friend and protégé of the composer. Vienna’s own Leonie Rysanek is the beautiful and wise Marschallin, the woman who knows her affair with the impetuous Octavian (a superb Christa Ludwig) will not l...
Busch; Jessner, Steber, Stevens, Lechner, ListMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 51 min.
The sensational Risë Stevens leads the cast in this spectacular performance of Strauss’s masterwork in one of her most memorable roles, the young Count Octavian. The passionate aristocrat finds himself caught between two women—the gracious, worldly-wise Marschallin, sung by Irene Jessner, and the beautiful young Sophie, played by Eleanor Steber, at...
Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Levine; Lewis, Quivar, Mazura, Rolandi, CreechMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 12 min.
This triple bill of works by one of the greatest composers of the 20th century, directed by John Dexter and designed by David Hockney, offered Met audiences a rich theatrical experience—beginning with the dramatically gripping ballet Le Sacre du Printemps, choreographed by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, with Music Director James Levine and the Met Orchestr...
Composer: Richard Strauss
Librettist: Hedwig Lachmann after Oscar Wilde
Leinsdorf; Rysanek, Varnay, Ulfung, Riegel, BaileyMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 36 min.
This performance presents the great Leonie Rysanek in one of her most memorable roles—the teenage Judean princess Salome. Obsessed with the prophet Jochanaan, the Biblical John the Baptist (Norman Bailey), she skillfully manipulates her lecherous stepfather Herod (Ragnar Ulfung) until he has no choice but to have the holy man killed for spurning th...
Levine; Bumbry, Resnik, Ulfung, Lewis, ShadurMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 33 min.
Richard Strauss’s dramatic and colorful score, based on Wilde’s scandalous play, is brought to life masterfully by James Levine and the Met Orchestra. The magnetic Grace Bumbry captures every neurotic nuance of the title character, the teenage princess who becomes obsessed with the imprisoned prophet Jochanaan. When he rejects her advances, tragedy...
Böhm; Nilsson, Dalis, Liebl, Shirley, CasselMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 30 min.
The great Birgit Nilsson gives a spectacular performance as Strauss’s biblical princess. Walter Cassel is the imprisoned prophet Jochanaan, the object of Salome’s desire. When he rejects her advances, Salome has no hesitation in exacting her murderous revenge. The infamous final scene, in which she kisses Jochanaan’s severed head, is one of the mos...
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