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The Inaugural Season: Extraordinary Met Performances from 1966-67


Release Date: 12/16/2016 
Label:  Metropolitan Opera   Catalog #: 70182  
Composer:  Samuel BarberGiacomo PucciniRichard StraussGaetano Donizetti,   ... 
Performer:  Jess ThomasLeontyne PriceJustino DiazFranco Corelli,   ... 
Conductor:  Thomas SchippersZubin MehtaKarl BöhmRichard Bonynge,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera ChorusMetropolitan Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 22 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

On September 16, 1966, the new Metropolitan Opera House opened in Lincoln Center with the world premiere of Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra, with Leontyne Price and Justino Díaz in the title roles. That first season in the Met’s new home not only ushered in a new age of theatrical possibility, it also featured an embarrassment of vocal riches, with such incomparable artists as Birgit Nilsson and Franco Corelli facing off in an unforgettable Turandot; Joan Sutherland delivering a Lucia di Lammermoor mad scene for the ages; and Jon Vickers making a historic role debut in Peter Grimes. Now, ten performances from that inaugural season—plus a bonus CD of highlights—have been collected and remastered in this essential milestone set, also Read more featuring such legends as Grace Bumbry, Mirella Freni, Christa Ludwig, Anna Moffo, Roberta Peters, Leonie Rysanek, Renata Tebaldi, Carlo Bergonzi, Robert Merrill, and Richard Tucker, among others. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Antony and Cleopatra, Op. 40 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Jess Thomas (Tenor), Leontyne Price (Soprano), Justino Diaz (Bass)
Conductor:  Thomas Schippers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965-1966; USA 
2.
Turandot by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Franco Corelli (Tenor), Bonaldo Giaiotti (Bass), Mirella Freni (Soprano),
Birgit Nilsson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
3.
Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op. 65 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Walter Berry (Bass Baritone), Leonie Rysanek (Soprano), Irene Dalis (Mezzo Soprano),
James King (Tenor), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914-1918; Germany 
4.
Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Richard Tucker (Tenor), Nicolai Ghiuselev (Bass),
Anselmo Colzani (Baritone)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
5.
Peter Grimes, Op. 33 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Jon Vickers (Tenor), Lucine Amara (Soprano), Geraint Evans (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944-1945; England 
6.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  George Shirley (Tenor), Theodor Uppman (Baritone), Roberta Peters (Soprano),
John Macurdy (Bass), Judith Raskin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Josef Krips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Otello by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  James McCracken (Tenor), Montserrat Caballé (Soprano), Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
8.
Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Renata Scotto (Soprano), Ron Bottcher (Baritone), George Shirley (Tenor),
Nedda Casei (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
9.
Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Bonaldo Giaiotti (Bass), Cornell MacNeil (Baritone), Nicolai Gedda (Tenor),
Roberta Peters (Soprano), Belan Amparan (Alto)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
10.
Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano), Robert Merrill (Baritone), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor),
Grace Bumbry (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Thomas Schippers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
11.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Don Ottavio, son morta! by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Nicolai Gedda (Tenor), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
12.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Or sai chi l'onore by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Nicolai Gedda (Tenor), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
13.
La Gioconda: É un anatema by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi (Soprano), Rosalind Elias (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Fausto Cleva
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Italy 
14.
La Gioconda: L'amo come il fulgor del creato! by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi (Soprano), Rosalind Elias (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Fausto Cleva
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Italy 
15.
La Gioconda: Il mio braccio t'afferra! by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi (Soprano), Cornell MacNeil (Baritone), Rosalind Elias (Mezzo Soprano),
Barry Morell (Tenor)
Conductor:  Fausto Cleva
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Italy 
16.
La Gioconda: Vedi là, nel canal morto by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performer:  Barry Morell (Tenor), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Fausto Cleva
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
17.
Lohengrin: Du wilde Seherin by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Walter Berry (Bass Baritone), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
18.
La Bohème: Donde lieta uscì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Teresa Stratas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Fausto Cleva
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
19.
La traviata: Pura siccome un' angelo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Robert Merrill (Baritone), Anna Moffo (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
20.
La traviata: Non sapete quale affetto by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Anna Moffo (Soprano), Robert Merrill (Baritone)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
21.
La traviata: Un dì, quando le veneri by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Anna Moffo (Soprano), Robert Merrill (Baritone)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
22.
La traviata: Ah! Dite alla giovine by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Anna Moffo (Soprano), Robert Merrill (Baritone)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
23.
Il trovatore: Di geloso amor sprezzato by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Robert Merrill (Baritone), Richard Tucker (Tenor), Martina Arroyo (Soprano)
Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
24.
Il trovatore: Tacea la notte placida (The night was still and calm) by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Martina Arroyo (Soprano), Robert Merrill (Baritone), Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
25.
Elektra, Op. 58: Ich habe keine guten Nächte by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Birgit Nilsson (Soprano), Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Thomas Schippers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Written: 1909 
26.
Elektra, Op. 58: Wenn das rechte Blutopfer by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Birgit Nilsson (Soprano), Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Thomas Schippers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906-1908; Germany 
27.
Elektra, Op. 58: Was bluten muss? by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Birgit Nilsson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Thomas Schippers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906-1908; Germany 
28.
Mourning Becomes Electra: Forgive me - He takes my place by Marvin David Levy
Performer:  Evelyn Lear (Soprano), Marie Collier (Soprano), John Reardon (Baritone),
Sherrill Milnes (Baritone)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; United States 

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