Apr 15 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am
IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA:Rossini Original Air Date: 03/19/1966 Varviso; Herlea, Grist, Shirley, Corena, Siepi MOD Audio SID.19160102This is Reri Grist’s debut year, and the broadcast comes three weeks later. Herlea had some success debuting in … Continue reading "IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA"
Apr 15 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
AIDA:Verdi Original Air Date: 02/25/1967 Schippers; Price, Bergonzi, Bumbry, Merrill, Hines SID.19160103On paper this performance looks like the dream cast. It is not. Price who sang possibly her very best performance ever in the opening … Continue reading "AIDA"
Apr 15 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
ELEKTRA:Strauss Original Air Date: 02/27/1971 Böhm; Nilsson, Rysanek, Madeira, Stewart, Nagy MOD Audio SID.19160104This performance marks Madeira’s Met farewell, and reveals some of the vocal weakness that is surely partly resultant from her illness and … Continue reading "ELEKTRA"
Apr 15 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
LOHENGRIN:Wagner Original Air Date: 01/31/1959 Schippers; Sullivan, Della Casa, Harshaw, Cassel, Edelmann SID.19160105This has been on before, and is a solid peformance from all concerned, not one for the history books, but especially fine work … Continue reading "LOHENGRIN"
Apr 15 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO:Mozart Original Air Date: 02/09/2002 Runnicles; Furlanetto, Uecker, Isokoski, Mattei, Jepson SID.19160106This is a distinguished group of 21st century Mozarteans. In fact, Furlanetto and Mattei show up together on the Met’s Don … Continue reading "LE NOZZE DI FIGARO"
Apr 15 @ 9:00 pm – 11:55 pm
LA SONNAMBULA:Bellini Original Air Date: 12/21/1968 Bonynge; Sutherland, Alexander, Giaiotti, Boky MOD Audio SID.19160107 This is Sutherland’s second Sonnambula broadcast and well equal to the 1963 supporting cast for Sutherland of Gedda and Flagello; Both … Continue reading "LA SONNAMBULA"
Apr 16 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am
DAS RHEINGOLD:Wagner Original Air Date: 02/15/1975 Ehrling; McIntyre, Dunn, Peterson, Rintzler, Rundgren, Macurdy SID.19160208This performance marks Donald McIntyre’s Met debut (broadcast debuts are not so common) and the farewell of Glade Peterson who had made … Continue reading "DAS RHEINGOLD"
Apr 16 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am
SUSANNAH:Floyd Original Air Date: 04/03/1999 Conlon; Fleming, Hadley, Ramey MOD Audio SID.19160209This is the Met’s only broadcast of Susannah, and finds all three principals on especially fine form. I’ve seen the opera four times, and … Continue reading "SUSANNAH"
Apr 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
?1435764702 SIMON BOCCANEGRA:Verdi Original Air Date: 01/28/1950 Stiedry; Warren, Varnay, Tucker, Székely, Valdengo MOD Audio SID.19160210Reissued on Sony Classical in the Met’s Verdi box for his bicentennial. This is Warren’s only broadcast of the title … Continue reading "SIMON BOCCANEGRA"
Apr 16 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
THE QUEEN OF SPADES:Tchaikovsky Original Air Date: 12/30/1995 Gergiev; Grigorian, Guleghina, Rysanek, Hvorostovsky, Svendén, Putilin SID.19160211This was the year of the new production which had starred Mattila and Heppner along with Rysanek in her last … Continue reading "THE QUEEN OF SPADES"
Apr 16 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN:Strauss Original Air Date: 12/17/1966 Böhm; Rysanek, King, Ludwig, Berry, Dalis MOD Audio SID.19160212This is the Met broadcast premiere of one of Strauss’ greatest works. I went to a performance a few … Continue reading "DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN"
Apr 16 @ 9:00 pm – 11:55 pm
FIDELIO:Beethoven Original Air Date: 04/10/1982 Haitink; Meier, Sooter, Roar, Macurdy, Blegen, Atherton SID.19160214This is Haitink’s only Met season, and Meier is pinch-hitting for Verrett who was sick for two other performances (also sung by Johanna … Continue reading "FIDELIO"
Apr 17 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am
DON GIOVANNI:Mozart Original Air Date: 03/13/1954 Rudolf; London, Harshaw, Corena, Steber, Conley, Conner SID.19160315The unusual casting is for the two leading ladies with Harshaw in her first Anna broadcast (the second comes a year later … Continue reading "DON GIOVANNI"
Apr 17 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am
MACBETH:Verdi Original Air Date: 02/21/1959 Leinsdorf; Warren, Rysanek, Hines, Bergonzi MOD Audio SID.19160316This is the Met premiere broadcast of Macbeth, and at least three of the principals are as good as you’re going to get. … Continue reading "MACBETH"
May 11 @ 6:00 pm – 11:45 pm
GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG:Wagner Original Air Date: 05/11/2019 Jordan; Goerke, Haller, Schuster, Vinke, Nikitin, Konieczny, Owens Last Performance this season Wagner’s epic cycle concludes with acts of betrayal, murder, vengeance, and, finally, the destruction of the world. … Continue reading "GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG"