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Verdi at The Met


Release Date: 09/30/2013 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #:  721202   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Rosa PonselleFriedrich JagelLawrence TibbettHenriette Wakefield,   ... 
Conductor:  Ettore PanizzaErich LeinsdorfThomas SchippersFritz Stiedry,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera ChorusMetropolitan Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 20 
Recorded in: Mixed 
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Verdi at the Met captures the drama of Verdi’s greatest operas as they were performed live at The Metropolitan Opera in New York. These ten recordings cover four decades starting with La Traviata in 1935 and feature some of the best-loved voices and conductors of the twentieth century. The famous pairing of tenor Richard Tucker and baritone Leonard Warren can be heard in Simon Boccanegra and La Forza del Destino. Also included are Carlo Bergonzi, Grace Bumbry, Leontyne Price and Robert Merrill singing the leading roles in Aida. These historic radio broadcasts, restored and remastered, bring these great interpretations of Verdi’s masterpieces back to life and are available
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Works on This Recording

1.
La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Rosa Ponselle (Soprano), Friedrich Jagel (Tenor), Lawrence Tibbett (Baritone),
Henriette Wakefield (Mezzo Soprano), Alfredo Gandolfi (Bass)
Conductor:  Ettore Panizza
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/05/1935 
Venue:  Live  Metropolitan Opera House, New York City 
Language: Italian 
2.
Un ballo in maschera by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Alexander Svéd (Baritone), Jussi Björling (Tenor), Bruna Castagna (Mezzo Soprano),
Zinka Milanov (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ettore Panizza
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1940 
Venue:  Live Metropolitan Opera House, New York 
3.
Otello by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Lawrence Tibbett (Baritone), Giovanni Martinelli (Tenor), Alessio De Paolis (Tenor),
Thelma Votipka (Mezzo Soprano), Elisabeth Rethberg (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ettore Panizza
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1940 
Venue:  Live Metropolitan Opera House, New York 
4.
Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlotta Ordassy (Soprano), Leonie Rysanek (Soprano), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor),
Jerome Hines (Baritone), William Olvis (Tenor), Gerhard Pechner (Bass),
Osie Hawkins (Bass), Calvin Marsh (Baritone), Emilia Cundari (Soprano),
Mildred Allen (Soprano), Harold Sternberg (Bass), Leonard Warren (Baritone)
Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1959 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 131 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Grace Bumbry (Mezzo Soprano), Robert Merrill (Baritone),
Leontyne Price (Soprano), Jerome Hines (Bass)
Conductor:  Thomas Schippers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1967 
Venue:  Live Metropolitan Opera House, New York 
6.
Simon Boccanegra by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Richard Tucker (Tenor), Astrid Varnay (Soprano), Leonard Warren (Baritone),
Mihaly Székely (Bass)
Conductor:  Fritz Stiedry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1950 
Venue:  Live Metropolitan Opera House, New York 
7.
Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Norman Cordon (Bass), Leonard Warren (Baritone), Bidu Sayao (Soprano),
Martha Lipton (Mezzo Soprano), Jussi Björling (Tenor)
Conductor:  Cesare Sodero
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1945 
Venue:  Live Metropolitan Opera House, New York 
8.
Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Eugenio Fernandi (Tenor), Cornell MacNeil (Baritone), Leonie Rysanek (Soprano),
Cesare Siepi (Bass), Rosalind Elias (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Thomas Schippers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1960 
Venue:  Live Metropolitan Opera House, New York 
9.
Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Licia Albanese (Soprano), Cloe Elmo (Mezzo Soprano), Giuseppe Valdengo (Baritone),
Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano), Leonard Warren (Baritone), Martha Lipton (Mezzo Soprano),
Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1949 
Venue:  Live Metropolitan Opera House, New York 
10.
La forza del destino by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Richard Tucker (Tenor), Mildred Miller (Mezzo Soprano), Leonard Warren (Baritone),
Jerome Hines (Bass), Zinka Milanov (Soprano)
Conductor:  Fritz Stiedry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1952 
Venue:  Live Metropolitan Opera House, New York 

Sound Samples

Act I: Prelude
Act I: Dell'invito trascorsa č giŕ l'ora
Act I: Libiamo
Act I: Che č ciň?
Act I: Un dě felice, eterea
Act I: Ebben? Che diavol fate?
Act I: Si ridesta in ciel l'aurora
Act I: Č strano!...Ah, fors'č lui che l'anima
Act I: Follie! Follie!..Sempre libera
Act II: Lunge da lei...De' miei bollenti spiriti
Act II: Alfredo? - Per Parigi or or partiva
Act II: Pura siccome un angelo
Act II: Non sapete quale affetto
Act II: Ah! Dite alla giovine
Act II: Imponete
Act II: Dammi tu forza, o cielo
Act II: Ah, vive sol quel core
Act II: Di Provenza il mar, il suol
Act III: Avrem lieta di maschere la notte
Act III: Noi siamo Zingarelle
Act III: Alfredo! Voi!
Act III: Invitato a qui seguirmi
Act III: Di sprezzo degno se stesso rende
Act III: Alfredo, Alfredo, di questo core
Act IV: Prelude
Act IV: Annina?
Act IV: Teneste la promessa...Addio del passato
Act IV: Largo al quadrupede
Act IV: Signora...Parigi, o cara, noi lasceremo
Act IV: Ah non piů a un tempio...Ah! gran Dio! Morir sě giovine
Act IV: Ah, Violetta?
Act IV: Prendi, quest'č l'immagine

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Wow November 5, 2013 By P. Podol (Pittsfield, MA) See All My Reviews "What a treasure 1I had pirated copies of some of these performances but I am so glad i purchased this set because the sound was exceptional for the vintage of the broadcasts. The "rigoletto" is the finest performance of that opera I have ever heard and Warren's cries of "gilda" at the end of the act are chilling. The "Ballo" is magnficent and what a thrill hearing Tibet and POnselle in "Traviata." I wish they had chosen the 1963 "Aida" broadcast with Price and Bergonzi because thsoe two singers were that much better in that performance. And I wuld hav eliked the 1950 "Don Carlo" rather than"Nabucco" byt iverall this is a fantstic set!" Report Abuse
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