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AIDA 12:00 am
AIDA
Oct 1 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am
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AIDA:Verdi Fiore; Sweet, Sylvester, Zajick, Pons, PlishkaOriginal Air Date: 02/05/1994 SID.19400107This is a pretty standard house casting for Aida in the 90s. Sweet and Zajick appear in Aida together 14 times over five seasons from … Continue reading "AIDA"
LA TRAVIATA 6:00 am
LA TRAVIATA
Oct 1 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am
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LA TRAVIATA:Verdi Gergiev; Fleming, Vargas, HvorostovskyOriginal Air Date: 03/06/2004 SID.19400208This is a very solid performance. Fleming’s LA and London DVDs are even better, but Hvorostovsky’s sound eight years is preferable ago to his efforts in … Continue reading "LA TRAVIATA"
FAUST 9:00 am
FAUST
Oct 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
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FAUST:Gounod Rich; Domingo, Zylis-Gara, Tozzi, Sereni, von StadeOriginal Air Date: 02/26/1972 MOD Audio SID.19400209This over-programmed Faust is on again, but there are so many better Fausts on the shelf. Domingo is better than expected in … Continue reading "FAUST"
THE MERRY WIDOW 12:00 pm
THE MERRY WIDOW
Oct 1 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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THE MERRY WIDOW:Lehár Davis; von Stade, Domingo, Pulley, GrovesOriginal Air Date: 03/04/2000 SID.19400210This is the first season with von Stade. She broadcasts again the following season with Hagegard as her Danilo. This Tim Albery production … Continue reading "THE MERRY WIDOW"
MESSA DA REQUIEM 3:00 pm
MESSA DA REQUIEM
Oct 1 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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MESSA DA REQUIEM:Verdi Solti; Price, Elias, Bergonzi, SiepiOriginal Air Date: 03/28/1964 MOD Audio SID.19400211This broadcast was In Memory of John F. Kennedy. Although the sound is definitely AM (not what one wants for the Manzoni … Continue reading "MESSA DA REQUIEM"
L’ELISIR D’AMORE 6:00 pm
L’ELISIR D’AMORE
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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L’ELISIR D’AMORE:Donizetti Benini; Pavarotti, Swenson, Plishka, de CandiaOriginal Air Date: 03/14/1998 SID.19400212Swenson is a fruity Adina, but this is the last of Pavarotti’s Nemorino broadcasts. The part spans 24 years at the Met. Generally prefer … Continue reading "L’ELISIR D’AMORE"
TANNHÄUSER 9:00 pm
TANNHÄUSER
Oct 1 @ 9:00 pm – 11:55 pm
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TANNHÄUSER:Wagner Levine; Cassilly, Norman, Randová, Hagegård, RooteringOriginal Air Date: 01/24/1987 MOD Audio SID.19400213Levine has three broadcasts after these in October 2015 (8,19,27) with Westbroek, DeYoung, Botha, Mattei, Groissbock RWW: Amazingly, this is Levine’s last broadcast … Continue reading "TANNHÄUSER"
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DIE FLEDERMAUS 12:00 am
DIE FLEDERMAUS
Oct 2 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am
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DIE FLEDERMAUS:Strauss Jr. Ormandy; Piazza, Kullman, Munsel, Tucker, Stevens, BrownleeOriginal Air Date: 01/20/1951 MOD Audio SID.19400214This is the broadcast of arguably the biggest hit of Bing’s opening season. Welitsch, who had done the premiere gives … Continue reading "DIE FLEDERMAUS"
SUSANNAH 6:00 am
SUSANNAH
Oct 2 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am
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SUSANNAH:Floyd Conlon; Fleming, Hadley, RameyOriginal Air Date: 04/03/1999 MOD Audio SID.19400315This is the Met’s only broadcast of Susannah, and finds all three principals on especially fine form. Even without the visual appeal, the opera makes … Continue reading "SUSANNAH"
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TURANDOT 7:30 pm
TURANDOT
Oct 3 @ 7:30 pm – 11:55 pm
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TURANDOT:Puccini Nézet-Séguin; Goerke, Buratto, Aronica, MorrisOriginal Air Date: 10/03/2019 SID.19400426Two of opera’s most thrilling dramatic sopranos, Christine Goerke and Nina Stemme, reprise their fierce portrayals of the title princess. Yannick Nézet-Séguin takes the podium to … Continue reading "TURANDOT"
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MACBETH 8:00 pm
MACBETH
Oct 4 @ 8:00 pm – 11:55 pm
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MACBETH:Verdi Armiliato; Netrebko, Polenzani, Lucic, AbdrazakovOriginal Air Date: 10/04/2019 SID.19400533Soprano Anna Netrebko created a sensation when she made her Met role debut as Lady Macbeth in 2014 opposite baritone Željko Lučić in the title role. … Continue reading "MACBETH"
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MANON 6:00 am
MANON
Oct 7 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am
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MANON:Massenet López-Cobos; Fleming, Giordano, ChaignaudOriginal Air Date: 04/08/2006 MOD Audio SID.19410102This is Fleming’s last Manon from the Met and her only full length Met broadcast. Fleming was more interesting in her telecast opening night St. … Continue reading "MANON"
CARMEN 9:00 am
CARMEN
Oct 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
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CARMEN:Bizet Mehta; Resnik, Tucker, Raskin, DíazOriginal Air Date: 03/15/1969 SID.19410103This is Resnik’s only Carmen broadcast, and Mehta is plenty fiery. Although he had premiered the production with Bumbry, the first season broadcast went to Lombard … Continue reading "CARMEN"
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO 12:00 pm
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
Oct 7 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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LE NOZZE DI FIGARO:Mozart Leinsdorf; Siepi, Peters, Amara, Borg, MillerOriginal Air Date: 01/28/1961 SID.19410104This performance was also issued in Sony’s Historical series on CD, but strikingly not in the Met Opera on Demand (MOoD) which … Continue reading "LE NOZZE DI FIGARO"
LES TROYENS 3:00 pm
LES TROYENS
Oct 7 @ 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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LES TROYENS:Berlioz Levine; Norman, Sooter, Monk, Taillon, Plishka, AhlstedtOriginal Air Date: 02/18/1984 MOD Audio SID.19410105Norman repeated Verrett’s double assumption on this broadcast (Verrett’s was for the opening of the production in 1973 when Ludwig was … Continue reading "LES TROYENS"
L’ASSEDIO DI CORINTO 9:00 pm
L’ASSEDIO DI CORINTO
Oct 7 @ 9:00 pm – 11:55 pm
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L’ASSEDIO DI CORINTO:Rossini Schippers; Sills, Verrett, Theyard, DíazOriginal Air Date: 04/19/1975 MOD Audio SID.19410106The following season also with Sills and Verrett under Woitach) are the Met broadcast history of this problematic Rossini work, and both … Continue reading "L’ASSEDIO DI CORINTO"
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BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE 12:00 am
BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE
Oct 8 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am
 
MACBETH 6:00 am
MACBETH
Oct 8 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am
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MACBETH:Verdi Levine; Milnes, Scotto, Plishka, JenkinsOriginal Air Date: 12/18/1982 MOD Audio SID.19410208This is the first year of the new production by Peter Hall, which was heavily booed (deservedly– i was there) on its opening night. … Continue reading "MACBETH"
THE MAKROPULOS CASE 9:00 am
THE MAKROPULOS CASE
Oct 8 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
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THE MAKROPULOS CASE:Janácek Robertson; Norman, Clark, Hagegård, McIntyreOriginal Air Date: 01/20/1996 SID.19410209This was the cursed production which premiered the opera at the Met a few weeks earlier, and was stopped in minutes due to the … Continue reading "THE MAKROPULOS CASE"
THE MAKROPULOS CASE 9:00 am
THE MAKROPULOS CASE
Oct 8 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
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THE MAKROPULOS CASE:Janácek Robertson; Norman, Clark, Hagegård, McIntyreOriginal Air Date: 01/20/1996 SID.19410209This was the cursed production which premiered the opera at the Met a few weeks earlier, and was stopped in minutes due to the … Continue reading "THE MAKROPULOS CASE"
LOHENGRIN 12:00 pm
LOHENGRIN
Oct 8 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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LOHENGRIN:Wagner Levine; Kollo, Lorengar, Dunn, McIntyre, GiaiottiOriginal Air Date: 12/04/1976 SID.19410210This is Kollo’s premiere season at the Met, and this new production had premiered a few weeks before the broadcast. A very fine performance all … Continue reading "LOHENGRIN"
ARIADNE AUF NAXOS 6:00 pm
ARIADNE AUF NAXOS
Oct 8 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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ARIADNE AUF NAXOS:Strauss Levine; Norman, King, Battle, Troyanos, Nentwig, DicksonOriginal Air Date: 03/12/1988 MOD AudioMOD Video SID.19410211This is the audio for the performance issued on DVD, NOT available on MOoD, as are many of the … Continue reading "ARIADNE AUF NAXOS"
LA FORZA DEL DESTINO 9:00 pm
LA FORZA DEL DESTINO
Oct 8 @ 9:00 pm – 11:55 pm
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LA FORZA DEL DESTINO:Verdi Stiedry; Milanov, Tucker, Warren, Siepi, Elias, CorenaOriginal Air Date: 03/17/1956 MOD Audio SID.19410212The A list male casting for this opera in the 1950s at the Met was Tucker, Warren, and Siepi. … Continue reading "LA FORZA DEL DESTINO"
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ALCESTE 12:00 am
ALCESTE
Oct 9 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am
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ALCESTE:Gluck Panizza; Bamptom, Maison, WarrenOriginal Air Date: 03/08/1941 SID.19410213This is one of the few 1940s broadcasts that gets to Sirius, but neither the 1952 with Flagstad, nor the 1961 with Farrell (both in English) have … Continue reading "ALCESTE"
SALOME 6:00 am
SALOME
Oct 9 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am
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SALOME:Strauss Böhm; Rysanek, Stolze, Dalis, Stewart, MacWherterOriginal Air Date: 03/18/1972 SID.19410214Rysanek’s first Salomes at the Met came after the groundbreaking new production for Nilsson eight years earlier. Longtime Metgoers were still talking about Welitsch from … Continue reading "SALOME"
TURANDOT 7:30 pm
TURANDOT
Oct 9 @ 7:30 pm – 11:55 pm
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?quality=90&auto=webp TURANDOT:Puccini Nézet-Séguin; Goerke, Buratto, Aronica, MorrisOriginal Air Date: 10/09/2019 SID.19410317NYTIMES (Tommasini): Mr. Nézet-Séguin led an exciting and insightful account of Puccini’s “Turandot,” a revival of Franco Zeffirelli’s glittering, over-the-top and popular 1987 production. The … Continue reading "TURANDOT"
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MADAMA BUTTERFLY 7:30 pm
MADAMA BUTTERFLY
Oct 11 @ 7:30 pm – 11:55 pm
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MADAMA BUTTERFLY:Puccini Morandi; He, DeShong, Pretti, SzotOriginal Air Date: 10/11/2019 SID.19410530
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LES TROYENS 12:00 am
LES TROYENS
Oct 14 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am
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LES TROYENS:Berlioz Levine; Norman, Sooter, Monk, Taillon, Plishka, AhlstedtOriginal Air Date: 02/18/1984 MOD Audio SID.19420101Norman repeated Verrett’s double assumption on this broadcast (Verrett’s was for the opening of the production in 1973 when Ludwig was … Continue reading "LES TROYENS"
CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA / PAGLIACCI 6:00 am
CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA / PAGLIACCI
Oct 14 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am
CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA / PAGLIACCI
CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA / PAGLIACCI:Mascagni / Leoncavallo Nelson; Bumbry, Theyard, Colzani / McCracken, Moffo, Milnes Original Air Date: 01/18/1975 SID.19420102 This is Moffo’s final performance broadcast from the Met, and she does not go out on … Continue reading "CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA / PAGLIACCI"
IL TROVATORE 9:00 am
IL TROVATORE
Oct 14 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
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IL TROVATORE:Verdi Conlon; Giacomini, Price, Cortez, Quilico, CheekOriginal Air Date: 02/06/1982 SID.19420103SR: Besides Price’s excellent “known quantity” Leonora, this broadcast offers the opportunity for Giacomini fans to relish his Manrico and to hear the very … Continue reading "IL TROVATORE"
PETER GRIMES 12:00 pm
PETER GRIMES
Oct 14 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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PETER GRIMES:Britten Atherton; Langridge, Racette, Opie, Christin, BlytheOriginal Air Date: 01/10/1998 MOD Audio SID.19420104I remember listening to this and thought this a good part for Racette. Langridge is fine in the title role, but for those of … Continue reading "PETER GRIMES"
GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG 3:00 pm
GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG
Oct 14 @ 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG:Wagner Levine; Eaglen, Andersen, Halfvarson, Held, Radvanovsky, PalmerOriginal Air Date: 04/22/2000 MOD Audio SID.19420105This is one of the two Ring cycles broadcast by Eaglen and Levine. This one finds Eaglen on better form than the … Continue reading "GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG"
DER ROSENKAVALIER 9:00 pm
DER ROSENKAVALIER
Oct 14 @ 9:00 pm – 11:55 pm
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DER ROSENKAVALIER:Strauss Kout; Ziegler, Gessendorf, Haugland, Kilduff, MeredithOriginal Air Date: 03/09/1991 SID.19420106Part of the draw is certainly Pavarotti, but this mostly low voltage marquee cast is very solid. Gessendorf has a second Marschallin four years … Continue reading "DER ROSENKAVALIER"
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DON PASQUALE 12:00 am
DON PASQUALE
Oct 15 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am
DON PASQUALE
Donizetti Benini; Alaimo, Netrebko, Flórez, Kwiecien Original Air Date: 04/15/2006 MOD Audio SID.19420107 This is the first year of the production, and I am sorry this was not the one that was filmed for DVD. … Continue reading "DON PASQUALE"
FIDELIO 6:00 am
FIDELIO
Oct 15 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am
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FIDELIO:Beethoven Böhm; Nilsson, King, Evans, Edelmann, Pracht, AnthonyOriginal Air Date: 01/22/1966 MOD Audio SID.19420208Even though the classic 1960 broadcast is Bohm, Nilsson, and Vickers; Nilsson and King are fine, but Geraint Evans is not meant … Continue reading "FIDELIO"
DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER 9:00 am
DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER
Oct 15 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
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DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER:Wagner Conlon; Morris, Behrens, Lakes, SalminenOriginal Air Date: 01/18/1992 MOD Audio SID.19420209Salminen is the main interest of this performance. It comes relatively late in Behrens’ Met career Met goers were very spoiled by … Continue reading "DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER"
LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN 12:00 pm
LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN
Oct 15 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN:Offenbach Rudel; Kraus, Malfitano, Morris, BybeeOriginal Air Date: 01/26/1985 SID.19420210I always liked Kraus in the title role, and though Domingo, Shicoff, Gedda, and Tucker all have trumps to play, Kraus cedes nothing to … Continue reading "LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN"
DON CARLO 3:00 pm
DON CARLO
Oct 15 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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DON CARLO:Verdi Stiedry; Bjorling, Rigal, Merrill, Barbieri, Siepi, HinesOriginal Air Date: 11/11/1950 MOD Audio SID.19420211This is the production that opened the Bing regime in 1950, and re-introduces Don Carlo to New York audiences. The men … Continue reading "DON CARLO"
BENVENUTO CELLINI 6:00 pm
BENVENUTO CELLINI
Oct 15 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
BENVENUTO CELLINI
BENVENUTO CELLINI:Berlioz Levine; Giordani, Bayrakdarian, Del Carlo, Jepson, Lloyd Original Air Date: 12/27/2003 MOD Audio SID.19420212 This is the opera’s only broadcast from its only season. There is much lovely music along the way, but … Continue reading "BENVENUTO CELLINI"
FALSTAFF 9:00 pm
FALSTAFF
Oct 15 @ 9:00 pm – 11:55 pm
FALSTAFF
FALSTAFF:Verdi Levine; MacNeil, Lear, Stewart, Barbieri, Valente, Ahlstedt Original Air Date: 04/05/1975 MOD Audio SID.19420742 This performance is Levine’s first Falstaff broadcast and Barbieri’s penultimate company broadcast (she returns for Trittico (minus Frugola) 2 years … Continue reading "FALSTAFF"
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TOSCA 12:00 am
TOSCA
Oct 16 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am
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TOSCA:Puccini Molinari-Pradelli; Ross, Bergonzi, ColzaniOriginal Air Date: 12/12/1970 SID.19420214Bergonzi has a memorable Cavaradossi in 1959 with Steber and London which is also available on Met Player. I remember hearing parts of this 1970, and Bergonzi … Continue reading "TOSCA"
THE GREAT GATSBY 6:00 am
THE GREAT GATSBY
Oct 16 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am
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THE GREAT GATSBY:Harbison Levine; Hadley, Upshaw, Croft, Graham, Baker, LiebersonOriginal Air Date: 01/01/2000 MOD Audio SID.19420315Levine is a great promoter of Harbison’s work, but I miss the appeal. First appearance of Hunt Lieberson whose only … Continue reading "THE GREAT GATSBY"
PORGY AND BESS 7:30 pm
PORGY AND BESS
Oct 16 @ 7:30 pm – 11:55 pm
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PORGY AND BESS:Gershwins Robertson; Blue, Brugger, Moore, Graves, Ballentine, Owens, Walker, GreenOriginal Air Date: 10/16/2019 SID.19420319One of America’s favorite operas returns to the Met for the first time in nearly 30 years. James Robinson’s stylish … Continue reading "PORGY AND BESS"
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