IOLANTA / BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE 8:00 pm
IOLANTA / BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE
Aug 2 @ 8:00 pm – 11:55 pm
IOLANTA / BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE:Tchaikovsky/Bartók Original Air Date: 02/09/2019 Nanasi; Yoncheva, Polenzani, Markov, Azizov, Kowaljow, Denoke, Finley SID.19310535 Mariusz Treliński’s haunting production of the pairing of Tchaikovsky’s and Bartók’s one-act operas makes its first return to … Continue reading "IOLANTA / BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE"
LES TROYENS 6:00 am
Aug 12 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am
LES TROYENS:Berlioz Original Air Date: 02/18/1984 Levine; Norman, Sooter, Monk, Taillon, Plishka, Ahlstedt MOD Audio SID.19330102 Norman repeated Verrett’s double assumption on this broadcast (Verrett’s was for the opening of the production in 1973 when … Continue reading "LES TROYENS"
ARIADNE AUF NAXOS 12:00 pm
ARIADNE AUF NAXOS
Aug 12 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
ARIADNE AUF NAXOS:Strauss Original Air Date: 03/20/1993 Marin; Norman, Moser, Swenson, Mentzer, Stewart, Oswald MOD Audio SID.19330104 For my money Jessye Norman is much better in her two earlier broadcasts (the first with Andrew Davis … Continue reading "ARIADNE AUF NAXOS"
DAS RHEINGOLD 3:00 pm
Aug 12 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
DAS RHEINGOLD:Wagner Original Air Date: 02/22/1969 von Karajan; Adam, Reynolds, Stolze, Kelemen, Talvela, Ridderbusch MOD Audio SID.19330105 One of Karajan’s only 2 broadcasts. This performance is available in MOoD, and if Adam is far from … Continue reading "DAS RHEINGOLD"
CARMEN 6:00 pm
Aug 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
CARMEN:Bizet Original Air Date: 03/23/1996 Levine; Graves, Margison, Vallarroel, Leiferkus SID.19330106 While Levine had done the fall series of performances (which includes Graves’ debut), Fiore did the whole spring series culminating in this broadcast. I … Continue reading "CARMEN"
ORFEO ED EURIDICE 9:00 pm
ORFEO ED EURIDICE
Aug 12 @ 9:00 pm – 11:55 pm
ORFEO ED EURIDICE:Gluck Original Air Date: 01/09/1971 Bonynge; Bumbry, Tucci, Peters SID.19330107 Bumbry premiered this final Rolf Gerard designed production complete in Courreges boots. She is in luscious voice for this, but how Gluckian one … Continue reading "ORFEO ED EURIDICE"
DON CARLO 12:00 am
Aug 13 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am
somewhat better performance which is available on MOoD and on Sony Historical CD. [1/6/14]
COSÌ FAN TUTTE 6:00 am
COSÌ FAN TUTTE
Aug 13 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am
COSÌ FAN TUTTE:Mozart Original Air Date: 01/20/1990 Levine; Mims, Hadley, Troyanos, Hampson, Hong, Van Allan MOD Audio SID.19330209 This performance is notable as Troyanos’ only Met season as Dorabella, and the same holds true for … Continue reading "COSÌ FAN TUTTE"
SIMON BOCCANEGRA 9:00 am
Aug 13 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
SIMON BOCCANEGRA:Verdi Original Air Date: 01/30/1965 Cleva; Colzani, Tebaldi, Shirley, Hines, Díaz SID.19330210 This is Tebaldi’s final Met Amelia, but the Met still has not broadcast her 1961 effort nor the 1974 performance with Wixell … Continue reading "SIMON BOCCANEGRA"
MADAMA BUTTERFLY 12:00 pm
Aug 13 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
MADAMA BUTTERFLY:Puccini Original Air Date: 12/15/1956 Mitropoulos; Albanese, Barioni, Elias, Brownlee, De Paolis SID.19330211 No one surpasses Farrar’s 139 Cio Cio Sans (!!!!!!), and Dorothy Kirsten makes for a close third behind Albanese with 68, … Continue reading "MADAMA BUTTERFLY"
DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN 3:00 pm
DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN
Aug 13 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN:Strauss Original Air Date: 04/01/1978 Böhm; Rysanek, King, Schröder-Feinen, Berry, Dunn MOD Audio SID.19330212 This is the last of the 4 Bohm broadcasts starting in 1966 all with Rysanek and Berry; 3 … Continue reading "DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN"
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO 6:00 pm
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
Aug 13 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO:Mozart Original Air Date: 01/23/1960 Leinsdorf; Siepi, Söderström, Della Casa, Borg, Miller MOD Audio SID.19330213 This performance has been on before, and chiefly notable for Siepi’s Figaro and Soderstroem’s Susanna. Soderstroem and … Continue reading "LE NOZZE DI FIGARO"
LA JUIVE 9:00 pm
Aug 13 @ 9:00 pm – 11:55 pm
LA JUIVE:Halévy Original Air Date: 12/13/2003 Viotti; Isokoski, Shicoff, Futral, Cutler, Furlanetto MOD Audio SID.19330214 Viotti died only a year or so after premiering the Juive. He was a real talent, and Shicoff, Isokoski and … Continue reading "LA JUIVE"
LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN 12:00 am
LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN
Aug 14 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am
LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN:Offenbach Original Air Date: 02/05/1983 Rudel; Riegel, Devlin, Bradley, Cortez, Malfitano, Catania, Atherton SID.19330315 This is not an ideal cast, but I have appended James Atherton who does the comic tenor quartet of … Continue reading "LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN"
CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA / PAGLIACCI 6:00 am
CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA / PAGLIACCI
Aug 14 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am
CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA / PAGLIACCI:Mascagni / Leoncavallo Original Air Date: 02/01/1941 Calusio; Roman, Jagel, Warren / Martinelli, Greco, Tibbett MOD Audio SID.19330316 The star performers on this Cav/Pag are Martinelli and Tibbett, but the remarkable performance … Continue reading "CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA / PAGLIACCI"
FALSTAFF 8:00 pm
Aug 16 @ 8:00 pm – 11:55 pm
FALSTAFF:Verdi Original Air Date: 03/16/2019 Farnes; Schultz, Pérez, Lemieux, Johnson Cano, Demuro, Maestri, Rodríguez SID.19330535 Baritone Ambrogio Maestri brings his larger-than-life portrayal of the title role back for the first time since his Met role … Continue reading "FALSTAFF"
I PURITANI 6:00 am
Aug 19 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am
I PURITANI:Bellini Original Air Date: 03/13/1976 Bonynge; Sutherland, Pavarotti, Milnes, Morris MOD Audio SID.19340102 Bing delivered a lovely production, and the four principals all were well suited to their roles. This was a big break-out … Continue reading "I PURITANI"
KÁT’A KABANOVÁ 9:00 am
Aug 19 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
KÁT’A KABANOVÁ:Janácek Original Air Date: 12/25/2004 Belohlávek; Mattila, Forst, Silvasti, Ognovenko, Very, Kozená SID.19340103 An excellent cast, but I just don’t warm as much to this work as to Jenufa. For these infrequent works, it … Continue reading "KÁT’A KABANOVÁ"
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE 12:00 pm
Aug 19 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE:Mozart Original Air Date: 01/22/1977 Conlon; Valente, Burrows, Uppman, Shane, Plishka SID.19340104 This Zauberfloete features old and new performers in a well-balanced performance. The conductor, James Conlon, was in his debut engagement; and the … Continue reading "DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE"
LA GIOCONDA 3:00 pm
Aug 19 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
LA GIOCONDA:Ponchielli Original Air Date: 03/16/1946 Cooper; Milanov, Tucker, Warren, Stevens, Vaghi SID.19340105 The Met doesn’t reach back into the 1940s often, but La Gioconda is a good opera to do that. This is from … Continue reading "LA GIOCONDA"
NORMA 6:00 pm
Aug 19 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA 9:00 pm
IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA
Aug 19 @ 9:00 pm – 11:55 pm
IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA:Rossini Original Air Date: 03/09/1963 Strasfogel; Guarrera, D’Angelo, Shirley, Corena, Tozzi SID.19340107 The only known I will vouch for in advance is Corena, one of his very best roles. Tozzi becomes more … Continue reading "IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA"
LULU 12:00 am
Aug 20 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am
LULU:Berg Original Air Date: 04/13/1985 Levine; Migenes, Mazura, Lear, Lewis, Foldi SID.19340208 This performance was also issued in Sony’s Historical series on CD, but strikingly not in the Met Opera on Demand (MOoD) which features … Continue reading "LULU"
THE GAMBLER 6:00 am
Aug 20 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am
THE GAMBLER:Prokofiev Original Air Date: 03/31/2001 Gergiev; Galouzine, Guryakova, Alexashkin, Obraztsova SID.19340209 This is the Met broadcast premiere of this work. Seven years later Galouzine and Gergiev are together again for another broadcast at the … Continue reading "THE GAMBLER"
I VESPRI SICILIANI 9:00 am
I VESPRI SICILIANI
Aug 20 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
I VESPRI SICILIANI:Verdi Original Air Date: 03/09/1974 Levine; Caballé, Gedda, Milnes, Díaz MOD Audio SID.19340210 This is a performance where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. If Caballe does not have … Continue reading "I VESPRI SICILIANI"
MANON 12:00 pm
Aug 20 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
MANON:Massenet Original Air Date: 12/18/1954 Monteux; de los Angeles, Valletti, Corena SID.19340211 This performance is notable for the special qualities of Monteux , de Los Angeles, and Valletti, a performance to treasure. Once again I … Continue reading "MANON"
IL TROVATORE 3:00 pm
Aug 20 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
IL TROVATORE:Verdi Original Air Date: 02/18/1967 Molinari-Pradelli; Tucker, Arroyo, Cvejic, Merrill, Michalski SID.19340212 This is a pretty standard Met Trovatore cast, though Juntwait in her introduction indicates it was the only time Arroyo, Tucker, and … Continue reading "IL TROVATORE"
DON PASQUALE 6:00 pm
Aug 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
DON PASQUALE:Donizetti Original Air Date: 12/05/1970 Franci; Corena, Grist, Kraus, Krause MOD Audio SID.19340213 This is a fine performance, but I would love to hear Corena from 1956 with Peters and Valletti in Schippers debut … Continue reading "DON PASQUALE"
DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER 9:00 pm
DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER
Aug 20 @ 9:00 pm – 11:55 pm
DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER:Wagner Original Air Date: 02/16/1963 Böhm; London, Rysanek, Kónya, Tozzi MOD Audio SID.19340214 This is a legendary partnership of Bohm with London and Rysanek. Bohm and Rysanek are together for two later broadcasts … Continue reading "DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER"
TOSCA 12:00 am
Aug 21 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am
TOSCA:Puccini Original Air Date: 03/20/1999 Santi; Vaness, Pavarotti, Morris MOD Audio SID.19340315 This is Pavarotti’s fifth and final Cavaradossi broadcast. I always find his voice a tad light for the role, but no one exceeds … Continue reading "TOSCA"
FALSTAFF 6:00 am
Aug 21 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am
FALSTAFF:Verdi Original Air Date: 02/03/1996 Levine; Plishka, Daniels, Quilico, Horne, Bonney, Groves MOD Audio SID.19340316 Levine, Plishka, Bonney, and Horne are all in the 1992 revival which is on MOoD, but with Freni for Daniels, … Continue reading "FALSTAFF"
LA CLEMENZA DI TITO 8:00 pm
LA CLEMENZA DI TITO
Aug 23 @ 8:00 pm – 11:55 pm
LA CLEMENZA DI TITO:Mozart Original Air Date: 04/20/2019 Koenigs; Fang, van den Heever, DiDonato, Murrihy, Polenzani, Van Horn SID.19340535 Mozart’s opera of ancient Rome, La Clemenza di Tito, returned to the Met starring Matthew Polenzani in the … Continue reading "LA CLEMENZA DI TITO"
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