Featured Operas

This week

May 27 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am
LA FAVORITA:Donizetti Original Air Date: 03/11/1978 López-Cobos; Verrett, Pavarotti, Milnes, Giaiotti SID.19220102This is a very fully sung performance. I remember better Leonora de Guzmans from Verrett (Dallas about 1971 and a sizzling concert performance at … Continue reading "LA FAVORITA"
May 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
LA CENERENTOLA:Rossini Original Air Date: 03/11/2000 Campanella; Larmore, Giménez, Alaimo, Corbelli MOD Audio SID.19220103This is Larmore’s second Angelina broadcast (the first was 1998 with Levine conducting). Corbelli is the Dandini, and Alaimo the Magnifico. Eight … Continue reading "LA CENERENTOLA"
May 27 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE:Mozart Original Air Date: 02/09/1991 Levine; Battle, Araiza, Hemm, Serra, Moll SID.19220104This is the simultaneous broadcast/telecast of the new David Hockney production (based on a Glyndebourne original). The video has been on DVD also. … Continue reading "DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE"
May 27 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
ROMÉO ET JULIETTE:Gounod Original Air Date: 01/25/1986 Cambreling; Shicoff, Malfitano, Plishka, Harris, Schexnayder SID.19220105 Malfitano and Shicoff make for a good pairing, and this is the first appearance of Juliet’s “Potion”aria which is now quite standard.
May 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
CARMEN:Bizet Original Air Date: 02/16/1952 Reiner; Stevens, Tucker, Conner, Silveri MOD Audio SID.19220106My operagoing just missed Stevens , but I saw Tucker many times. The special attraction is the work of Reiner, and he is … Continue reading "CARMEN"
May 27 @ 9:00 pm – 11:55 pm
SIMON BOCCANEGRA:Verdi Original Air Date: 04/02/1960 Mitropoulos; Guarrera, Milanov, Bergonzi, Tozzi, Flagello SID.19220107This is the production that premiered with Warren a month earlier and he died the week following the premiere onstage in Forza. Guarrera … Continue reading "SIMON BOCCANEGRA"
May 28 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am
DON GIOVANNI:Mozart Original Air Date: 03/03/1973 Maag; Siepi, Moser, Flagello, Lorengar, Shirley, Elias SID.19220208This is Siepi’s farewell broadcast to the Met, and Moser and Lorengar are particularly good foils for him. I wish Corena had … Continue reading "DON GIOVANNI"
May 28 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am
SIEGFRIED:Wagner Original Air Date: 04/10/1993 Levine; Jones, Johns, Morris, Gjevang, Zednik, Wlaschiha SID.19220209This 1993 cycle catches at least three performers in splendid voice: Morris, Zednik, Wlaschiha. Siegfried has not been especially well served on the … Continue reading "SIEGFRIED"
May 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
SIEGFRIED:Wagner Original Air Date: 04/10/1993 Levine; Jones, Johns, Morris, Gjevang, Zednik, Wlaschiha SID.19220210This 1993 cycle catches at least three performers in splendid voice: Morris, Zednik, Wlaschiha. Siegfried has not been especially well served on the … Continue reading "SIEGFRIED"
May 28 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
NORMA:Bellini Original Air Date: 02/28/1976 Masini; Caballé, Verrett, Alexander, Michalski SID.19220211I was at this performance which was very exciting. Verrett takes just about every option ever imagined for an Adalgisa, and with Alexander as a … Continue reading "NORMA"
May 28 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
PETER GRIMES:Britten Original Air Date: 12/31/1994 Conlon; Rolfe Johnson, Fleming, Opie, Walker, Howard MOD Audio SID.19220212Excellent all-around performance. Fleming in an unusual role and Rolfe Johnson taken from us much too soon. I like hearing … Continue reading "PETER GRIMES"
May 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
ADRIANA LECOUVREUR:Cilea Original Air Date: 02/26/1983 Fulton; Scotto; Shicoff, Cortez, Sereni SID.19220213Scotto is a vivid Adriana, if caught a bit late. A good part for Shicoff. This is not my favorite work, and while Scotto … Continue reading "ADRIANA LECOUVREUR"
May 28 @ 9:00 pm – 11:55 pm
UN BALLO IN MASCHERA:Verdi Original Air Date: 02/28/1959 Schippers; Stella, Hurley, Madeira, Peerce, Merrill MOD Audio SID.19220214I saw Antonietta Stella in this part on November 23, 1963 in Dallas with Di Stefano, Sereni, Berini, and … Continue reading "UN BALLO IN MASCHERA"
May 29 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am
WERTHER:Massenet Original Air Date: 03/04/1972 Behr; Corelli, Elias, Boky, Cossa SID.19220315As much as I love Corelli, I’m afraid the best thing about him in Werther are his press pics. Werther and Romeo come at the … Continue reading "WERTHER"
May 29 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am
KÁT’A KABANOVÁ:Janácek Original Air Date: 01/09/1999 Mackerras; Malfitano, Randová, Straka, Koptchak, Clarke, Karnéus SID.19220316Mackerras is a notable Janacek conductor, and the whole is well performed, but I don’t feel the warmth I do from Jenufa … Continue reading "KÁT’A KABANOVÁ"
May 31 @ 8:00 pm – 11:55 pm
MEFISTOFELE:Boito Original Air Date: 11/08/2018 Rizzi; Meade, Fabiano, Van Horn, Check SID.19220535The spectacular Robert Carsen production returns to the Met for the first time since 2000, with bass-baritone Christian Van Horn as the diabolical title … Continue reading "MEFISTOFELE"

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