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Feb
28
Fri
2020
WERTHER
Feb 28 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm


WERTHER:Massenet
Runnicles; Hampson, Graham, Evans, Robertson
Original Air Date: 01/23/1999
MOD Audio
SID.20090532
This revival had the title role moving to baritone hands (in Massenet’s own transposition) (still too high for Domingo?), but this broadcast catches Susan Graham in one of her very best afternoons. This is the baritone version Massenet wrote for Battistini. It however catches Susan Graham in particularly splendid voice. This is a novelty for if there were ever a tenor opera it is Werther, but the composer did arrange for baritone for Battistini. Hampson is very earnest.

LA BOHÈME
Feb 28 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm


LA BOHÈME:Puccini
Schippers; Albanese, Hurley, Bergonzi, Sereni, Scott
Original Air Date: 02/15/1958
MOD Audio
SID.20090533
This classic performance has been issued on Sony Classical Historical Met CD series as well as MOoD. Albanese goes back more than two decades for her recorded Mimi with Gigli, the classic Toscanini set with Peerce, and this solid performance from Bergonzi. Sereni was the first choice Marcello most evenings, though there are a few appearances by Bastianini and Merrill, but after Scotti’s 146 Marcellos, Sereni is next with 76 and Frank Guarrera third at 71. MacNeil had four park concert Marcellos with the Met, but never in the house onstage. The August 2014 rebroadcast was part of the extensive memorial the Met and Sirius broadcast that week on the occasion of Bergonzi’s passing. A Met singer most beloved. Worth tracking down that 2014 citation for the whole week as many of his broadcasts are on MOoD.

SIMON BOCCANEGRA
Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


SIMON BOCCANEGRA:Verdi
Molinari-Pradelli; MacNeil, Tucci, Shirley, Hines, Milnes
Original Air Date: 12/14/1968

SID.20090534
This is MacNeil’s only broadcast Doge, and is almost as notable for Milnes’ turn as Paolo emulating Leonard Warren who had debuted as Paolo in 1939 and premiered a new Met production less than a week before his untimely death onstage. Hines lacks the profile if not the voice for one of the most interesting of Verdi’s bass roles. Tucci and Shirley are decent if not as megawatt as Tebaldi and Tucker or Milanov and Bergonzi in past times, and Te Kanawa and Domingo in more recent times (though even that is more than 25 years ago now). It should be in MOoD. In two complete misses on Boccanegra, the 1974 revival had two outstanding portrayals under Eherling: Ingvar Wixell in the title role, and Maliponte as Amelia. Tucker is on exceptional late form as well. Historically there are only two broadcasts 1935 and 1939 with Lawrence Tibbett and Ezio Pinza under Panizza should be added to the MOoD archive.

LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR
Feb 28 @ 9:00 pm – 11:55 pm


LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR:Donizetti
Cleva; Callas, Votipka, McCracken, Sordello, Campora, Franke, Moscona
Original Air Date: 12/08/1956
MOD Audio
SID.20090535
The matinée of Lucia di Lammermoor on December 8, 1956, represents the sole Met broadcast of Maria Callas (1923-77). Callas’s Met career was frustratingly meager: in three seasons, she sang just twenty-one performances. Her company debut, in Norma, on October 29, 1956, was preceded by artistic triumphs in Europe and Chicago and an avalanche of pre-opening publicity; in his memoirs, Met general manager Rudolf Bing called Callas’s debut – undoubtedly the most exciting of all such in my time at the Metropolitan. The soprano’s first two Met seasons were colored by her dissatisfaction with some of the aging stagings in which the company presented her: the Lucia, for example, dated from 1942, although the soprano wore costumes designed by Ebe Colciaghi for a 1954 La Scala production. A disagreement with Bing over proposed repertory for 1958-59 ended with the diva’s well-publicized ‘firing’; Callas did not return to the Met until 1965, when she sang two Toscas, her final opera performances in the U.S. Callas’s Lucia conductor was Fausto Cleva (1902-71), the Trieste-born maestro who led seventeen of her Met appearances. The afternoon’s Edgardo was Italian lyric tenor Giuseppe Campora (1923-2004), who had joined the Met roster in 1955, as Rodolfo. Enzo Sordello (b. 1927), Callas’s Enrico, was the focus of the soprano’s wrath when she claimed that the Italian baritone held the final note of the ‘Se tradirmi’ duet too long; heard today, Sordello’s action seems the result of confusion rather than malice. Nevertheless, in his memoirs, Bing claims that he canceled the balance of the baritone’s contract after the Lucia matinée contretemps. Greek bass Nicola Moscona (1907-75) sang fifty-seven Lucia Raimondos during his twenty-five seasons with the company; the first of his more than 700 Met performances was as Ramfis in 1937. An even more impressive Lucia record-holder was Ohio-born soprano Thelma Votipka (1906-72), whose more than 1,400 Met performances during her twenty-nine seasons with the company included 116 Alisas. Another American, tenor James McCracken (1926-88), shone as the afternoon’s Normanno; then in his fourth season of singing comprimario parts at the Met, McCracken would leave the company to build his resumé in Europe in the late 1950s. McCracken returned to the Met in triumph in 1963 as the Moor in a new production of Otello and remained one of the company’s best-loved stars until his death.

Feb
29
Sat
2020
CARMEN
Feb 29 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am


CARMEN:Bizet
Abel; Dunleavy, Knoop Very, Graves, Perez, Shicoff, Stevenson, Tézier, Josephson, Boutros, Wells
Original Air Date: 01/18/2003

SID.20090636
Shicoff is not a bad Jose, but this is not the most exciting Carmen. In the house, Graves could be quite an attractive Carmen.

LA JUIVE
Feb 29 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am


LA JUIVE:Halévy
Viotti; Isokoski, Shicoff, Futral, Cutler, Furlanetto
Original Air Date: 12/13/2003
MOD Audio
SID.20090637
Viotti died only a year or so after premiering the Juive. He was a real talent, and Shicoff, Isokoski and Furlanetto all bring their considerable talents in a production transferred from Vienna. This is the Met’s first season since the mid 1930s and its only broadcast to date. Some early 1930s operas were broadcast but don’t exist. La Juive was never broadcast until 2003.

L’ASSEDIO DI CORINTO
Feb 29 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


L’ASSEDIO DI CORINTO:Rossini
Schippers; Sills, Verrett, Di Giuseppe, Díaz
Original Air Date: 01/17/1976

SID.20090638
The following season also with Sills and Verrett under Woitach) are the Met broadcast history of this problematic Rossini work, and both are on MOoD. Verrett is in top form, but I find Sills too late for these assumptions. The work seems to be edited for these performances and is a jumble. Barbiere remains a miracle and though done to death, still sparkles.

Various
Feb 29 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 am


Various:Various
Various Artists
Original Air Date: 01/01/9999

SID.20090639

AGRIPPINA
Feb 29 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm


AGRIPPINA:Handel
Harry Bicket: Joyce DiDonato, Brenda Rae, Kate Lindsey, Iestyn Davies, Matthew Rose
Original Air Date: 02/29/2020
Live in HD
SID.20090640
Handel’s tale of intrigue and impropriety in ancient Rome receives its first Met performances, with star mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as the controlling, power-hungry Agrippina and Harry Bicket conducting. Sir David McVicar’s production ingeniously reframes the action of this black comedy about the abuse of power to “the present,” where it should loudly resonate. The all-star cast features mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey as Agrippina’s son and future emperor Nerone, soprano Brenda Rae as the seductive Poppea, countertenor Iestyn Davies as the ambitious officer Ottone, and bass Matthew Rose as the weary emperor Claudius. This production was originally created by the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie / De Munt Brussels and adapted by the Metropolitan Opera

DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE
Feb 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE:Mozart
Foster; Popp, Kuebler, Duesing, Donat, Macurdy
Original Air Date: 02/07/1981
MOD Audio
SID.20090641
Lucia Popp made her debut with the Chagall Flute as Queen of the Night, the first season in the new house. She didn’t broadcast the role until three years later, and then 11 years later moves down to Pamina in this broadcast She’s a very fine Pamina, but overall not impressed by the remainder of the cast. The main distinction here is Popp’s Pamina, and she is one of the best. The rest of the cast is OK, but there are other broadcasts of more distinction in the other roles.

MACBETH
Feb 29 @ 9:00 pm – 11:55 pm


MACBETH:Verdi
Leinsdorf; Warren, Rysanek, Hines, Bergonzi
Original Air Date: 02/21/1959
MOD Audio
SID.20090642
This is the Met premiere broadcast of Macbeth, and at least three of the principals are as good as you’re going to get. Mitropoulos was originally scheduled for this production but because of health problems it moved on to Leinsdorf. It’s a loss, but Rysanek more than holds up her end. This performance is also on Met Player for regular listening. Only the second year broadcast from 1960 has not appeared on Sirius (Barioni for Bergonzi) and it also has the duet on the heath cut. Still it would be interesting to hear as the contemporary reviews found the performance even better integrated. This cast was recorded by RCA shortly after the premiere, and this broadcast is available on Met Player. Very solid casting from top to bottom. Bergonzi really is luxury casting singing one of the great Verdi tenor arias, Ah, la paterna mano. Highly recommended.

Mar
1
Sun
2020
MANON LESCAUT
Mar 1 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am


MANON LESCAUT:Puccini
Santi; Freni, Dvorsk, Schexnayder, Tajo
Original Air Date: 03/17/1990

SID.20090743
This is Freni’s only Met broadcast of Manon Lescaut (she did three performances in 1984 as well), and she is one of my favorite Manons even though she is well into the veteran stage. Dvorsky is acceptable, but not lots of good Des Grieux available in 1990 (a much more challenging part than the Massenet). Santi understands the tradition well. Freni saved Manon for close to the end of her career. Luckily she made a great recording with Pavarotti and Levine under Met auspices (Bartoli as the madrigal singer! Taddei as Lescaut) Still, she’s a fine Manon Lescaut, and deserves a better supporting cast and conductor than she gets. The Met has some great broadcasts including two Bjorlings that have been on Sirius and are in MetOpera on Demand.

WERTHER
Mar 1 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am


WERTHER:Massenet
Runnicles; Hampson, Graham, Evans, Robertson
Original Air Date: 01/23/1999
MOD Audio
SID.20090744
This revival had the title role moving to baritone hands (in Massenet’s own transposition) (still too high for Domingo?), but this broadcast catches Susan Graham in one of her very best afternoons. This is the baritone version Massenet wrote for Battistini. It however catches Susan Graham in particularly splendid voice. This is a novelty for if there were ever a tenor opera it is Werther, but the composer did arrange for baritone for Battistini. Hampson is very earnest.

CARMEN
Mar 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


CARMEN:Bizet
Abel; Dunleavy, Knoop Very, Graves, Perez, Shicoff, Stevenson, Tézier, Josephson, Boutros, Wells
Original Air Date: 01/18/2003

SID.20090745
Shicoff is not a bad Jose, but this is not the most exciting Carmen. In the house, Graves could be quite an attractive Carmen.

SAMSON ET DALILA
Mar 1 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Saint-Saëns
Cooper; Vinay, Stevens, Merrill
Original Air Date: 11/26/1949

SID.20090746
I like Samson, but not quite as much as Sirius. Some listeners don’t cotton to Vinay, but I find him OK. This is Merrill’s first Met High Priest, and if not Gabriel Bacquier or Martial Singher, he has some major vocal trumps to play. I find Stevens a bit lacking on tonal voluptuousness for the part. Visually of course she had a lot to offer.

FAUST
Mar 1 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm


FAUST:Gounod
Monteux; Peerce, de los Angeles, Siepi, Merrill, Miller
Original Air Date: 02/19/1955
MOD Audio
SID.20090747
This is the second of Monteux’s three Faust broadcasts, the first one also including DeLosAngeles and Merrill. Paul Jackson, in is second volume reviewing Met broadcasts, Sign-off for the Old Met, is very favorable towards all three of them, a bit less so for Peerce and Siepi. I don’t have his reticence about Siepi and am glad this performance isvavailable on MOoD.

NATIONAL COUNCIL AUDITIONS GRAND FINALS CONCERT
Mar 1 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Original Air Date: 3/01/2020

Some of today’s greatest singers got their start in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, including Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Eric Owens, Stephanie Blythe, Hei-Kyung Hong, Lawrence Brownlee, Michael Fabiano, Lisette Oropesa, Christian Van Horn, Jamie Barton, Anthony Roth Costanzo, and Nadine Sierra.

Come see the 2020 Finalists compete for cash prizes and the chance to launch a major operatic career while accompanied by the Met Orchestra, conducted by Bertrand de Billy. Following the concert, toast our new 2020 winners at a champagne reception on The Mercedes T. Bass Grand Tier

LULU
Mar 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

LULU:Berg
Levine; Malfitano, Mazura, Troyanos, Hamilton, Foldi
Original Air Date: 04/02/1988

SID.20090748
Lulu is not a regular item for many, but Mazura and Troyanos were specialists, and Leighton Kerner, the late Village Voice critic found her the most satisfying of 11 Lulus he had encountered. It’s sad that the Dexter production which was telecast with Migenes (replacing Stratas) has not made its way to Met OperaonDemand, but is on a Met issued DVD in the Levine 40th anniversary DVD box.

LA FORZA DEL DESTINO
Mar 1 @ 9:00 pm – 11:55 pm


LA FORZA DEL DESTINO:Verdi
Schippers; Tebaldi, Tucker, Sereni, Hines, Dunn, Baccaloni
Original Air Date: 03/12/1960
MOD Audio
SID.20090749
Tebaldi and Tucker are famous for their roles in FORZA, but except for two performances in 1956, and the FORZA preceding this broadcast which was halted because of the onstage death of Leonard Warren, these are their only appearances together in it. Tebaldi is not at the vocal peak of her 1958 Naples video (with Corelli and Bastianini) or her Florence performances with Mitropoulos and Del Monaco, but there is still much to enjoy. Leonora is one of Verdi’s greatest challenges, and most performers just don’t have the stuff.

Mar
2
Mon
2020
DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER
Mar 2 @ 8:00 pm – 11:55 pm

DER FLIEGENDE HOLLNDER:Wagner
Original Air Date: 03/02/2020
Gergiev; Kampe, Fujimura, Skorokhodov, Portillo, Terfel, Selig
SID.20100000

François Girard, whose revelatory 2013 take on Parsifal set the recent Met standard for Wagner stagings, now unveils a spellbinding new vision of the composer’s tale of a cursed sea captain doomed to sail the open ocean for eternity. With sweeping sets by John Macfarlane, Girard’s new production turns the Met stage into a rich, layered tableau reminiscent of a vast oil painting. Valery Gergiev conducts a brilliant cast led by bass-baritone Evgeny Nikitin as the Dutchman, with German soprano Anja Kampe making her anticipated Met debut as the devoted Senta, whose selfless love is what the Dutchman seeks. Bass Franz-Josef Selig is her father, Daland, and tenor Sergey Skorokhodov is her deserted former lover, Erik.

A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera; Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam; The Abu Dhabi Festival; and Opéra de Québec

Production a gift of Veronica Atkins

Mar
5
Thu
2020
LA TRAVIATA
Mar 5 @ 7:30 pm – 11:55 pm

Verdi
Original Air Date: 03/05/2020
de Billy; Oropesa, Grigolo, Salsi
SID.20100000

Mar
7
Sat
2020
COSÌ FAN TUTTE
Mar 7 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Mozart
Original Air Date: 03/07/2020
Bicket; Car, Malfi, Stober, Bliss, Pisaroni, Finley
SID.20100000

Mar
12
Thu
2020
LA CENERENTOLA
Mar 12 @ 7:30 pm – 11:55 pm

Rossini
Original Air Date: 03/12/2020
Gaffigan; Erraught, Camarena, Luciano, Muraro, Van Horn
SID.20110000
Rossini’s effervescent take on the Cinderella story returns, with rising star mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught in the title role and tenor sensation Javier Camarena as her Prince Charming. James Gaffigan conducts the lively action, which also features bass-baritone Maurizio Muraro as the bumbling Don Magnifico, bass-baritone Christian Van Horn as the benevolent Alidoro, and baritone Davide Luciano as the wily servant Dandini.

Mar
14
Sat
2020
DER FLIEGENDE HOLLANDER [HD]
Mar 14 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm


DER FLIEGENDE HOLLANDER:Wagner
Original Air Date: 03/14/2020
Valery Gergiev: Bryn Terfel, Anja Kampe, Sergey Skorokhodov, Franz-Josef Selig
Live in HD SID.20110600

Mar
16
Mon
2020
WERTHER
Mar 16 @ 7:30 pm – 11:55 pm

Massenet
Original Air Date: 03/16/2020
Nézet-Séguin; Fang, DiDonato, Beczala, Dupuis, Opie
SID.20120000
Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Massenet’s tragedy, a perfect vehicle for outstanding tenors, starring Piotr Beczała, who certainly fits the bill. The magnificent mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is Charlotte, the object of Werther’s misguided affections, alongside sopranos Erin Morley and Ying Fang as Sophie and baritone Etienne Dupuis as Albert, in Sir Richard Eyre’s arresting production.

Mar
21
Sat
2020
LA CENERENTOLA
Mar 21 @ 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Rossini
Original Air Date: 03/21/2020
Gaffigan; Erraught, Camarena, Luciano, Muraro, Van Horn
SID.20120000

Mar
26
Thu
2020
TOSCA
Mar 26 @ 7:30 pm – 11:55 pm

Puccini
Original Air Date: 03/26/2020
de Billy; Netrebko, Mavlyanov, Gagnidze, Carfizzi
SID.20130000
Soprano Anna Netrebko, whom the New York Times hailed as “magnificent” when she made her role debut as Tosca in 2018, returns as Puccini’s explosive diva, back by popular demand. Tenors Najmiddin Mavlyanov and Brian Jagde alternate as the idealistic painter Cavaradossi, and baritones George Gagnidze and Michael Volle complete the opera’s fatal love triangle as the sinister Scarpia. Bertrand de Billy conducts Sir David McVicar’s stunning production.

Mar
28
Sat
2020
WERTHER
Mar 28 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Massenet
Original Air Date: 03/28/2020
Nézet-Séguin; Morley, DiDonato, Beczala, Dupuis, Opie
SID.20130000

Mar
29
Sun
2020
DIANA DAMRAU IN RECITAL
Mar 29 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

 

One of opera’s most enchanting artists, Diana Damrau joins the illustrious list of singers who have given a solo recital on the Met stage. With Sir Antonio Pappano, music director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, at the piano, the soprano sings selections by Rossini, Bizet, Wagner, Richard Strauss, and Berg.

Apr
2
Thu
2020
TOSCA
Apr 2 @ 7:30 pm – 11:55 pm

Puccini
Original Air Date: 04/02/2020
de Billy; Netrebko, Mavlyanov, Gagnidze, Carfizzi
SID.20140000

Apr
4
Sat
2020
ORFEO ED EURIDICE
Apr 4 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Apr
10
Fri
2020
SIMON BOCCANEGRA
Apr 10 @ 7:30 pm – 11:55 pm

Verdi
Original Air Date: 04/10/2020
Rizzi; Pérez, Calleja, Álvarez, Azizov, Belosselskiy
SID.20150000
Audience favorite Ailyn Pérez takes on the touching role of Amelia Grimaldi, with legendary baritone Carlos Álvarez returning to the Met for the first time in more than a decade in the title role. Elegant tenor Joseph Calleja is her lover, Gabriele Adorno, and magisterial bass Dmitry Belosselskiy completes the principal cast as Amelia’s grandfather, Jacopo Fiesco. Carlo Rizzi takes the podium for Verdi’s timeless tale of political and family intrigue.

Apr
11
Sat
2020
TOSCA [HD]
Apr 11 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Puccini
Original Air Date: 04/11/2020
de Billy; Netrebko, Jagde, Volle, Carfizzi
SID.20150000

Apr
13
Mon
2020
TURANDOT
Apr 13 @ 7:30 pm – 11:55 pm

Puccini
Original Air Date: 04/13/2020
Rizzi; Stemme, Gerzmava, Berti, Morris
SID.20160000

Apr
18
Sat
2020
SIMON BOCCANEGRA
Apr 18 @ 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm

SIMON BOCCANEGRA:Verdi
Original Air Date: 04/18/2020
Rizzi; Pérez, Calleja, Álvarez, Azizov, Belosselskiy
SID.20160000