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Metropolitan Opera Centennial Gala (1983)

Release Date: 09/15/2009 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001326309  
Composer:  Bedrich SmetanaGiacomo PucciniWolfgang Amadeus MozartGiuseppe Verdi,   ... 
Performer:  Eva MartónDame Kiri Te KanawaJames McCrackenRuggero Raimondi,   ... 
Conductor:  James LevineLeonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Length: 3 Hours 51 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“Here are the greatest moments from the 'Ultimate In Galas.'"—Opera

“A roof-rattling vocal display and the kind of cheering and freeflowing, heartfelt emotion on both sides of the footlights that opera evinces more than any other art form.”—New York Times

“The world’s most famous opera singers [in] a dazzling sequence of performances.”—New York Times

“It’s always a privilege to sing at the Met, but this is something very special. I don’t think there's ever been anything this grand in the history of opera.”—Luciano Pavarotti

2 DVDs LIVE from the Met from on October 22, 1983.

The gala celebration is a collection of opera’s best-loved favorites and immediately catches the attention with
Read more spectacular performances by stars such as Dame Joan Sutherland, Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Mirella Freni, Marilyn Horne, Birgit Nilsson, Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, Nicolai Gedda, Alfredo Kraus and many others.

This product features an awesome roster of international star conductors: from James Levine, Leonard Bernstein and Thomas Fulton to Jeffrey Tate, Richard Bonynge.

TOTAL TIME: 231 MIN (2 discs) Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93: Overture by Bedrich Smetana
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Written: 1866 
2. Turandot: In questa reggia by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Eva Martón (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
3. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: E Susanna non vien...Dove sono by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
4. Otello: Dio, mi potevi scagliar tutti i mali by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  James McCracken (Tenor)
Conductor:  James Levine
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
5. Il barbiere di Siviglia: La calunnia è un venticello by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Ruggero Raimondi (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
6. Lucia di Lammermoor: Chi mi frena in tal momento? (Sextet) by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Julien Robbins (Bass), Robert Nágy (Tenor), Loretta Franco (Soprano),
Roberta Peters (Soprano), Dano Raffanti (Tenor), Brian Schexnayder (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
7. Semiramide: Bel raggio lusinghier by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Italy 
8. Iris: Son io! Son io la Vita! "Hymn to the Sun" by Pietro Mascagni
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898/1899; Italy 
9. Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59: Mir ist..."Rose Presentation" by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Frederica Von Stade (Mezzo Soprano), Judith Blegen (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; Germany 
10. Roméo et Juliette: Ange adorable [Madrigal] by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Catherine Malfitano (Soprano), Alfredo Kraus (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; France 
11. L'Elisir d'Amore: Una furtiva lagrima by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Nicolai Gedda (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
12. Ernani: Ernani, involami by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Anna Tomowa-Sintow (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
13. Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59: Marie Theres'...Hab' mir's gelobt by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Elisabeth Söderström (Soprano), Frederica Von Stade (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; Germany 
14. Otello: Già nella notte densa by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), Mirella Freni (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
15. Leonore Overture no 3 in C major, Op. 72a by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805-1806; Vienna, Austria 
16. Andrea Chénier: Vicino a te by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Montserrat Caballé (Soprano), José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  James Levine
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
17. L'enfant prodigue: Air de Lia by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Ileana Cotrubas (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1884/1908; France 
18. Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Bacchanale by Camille Saint-Saëns
Conductor:  James Levine
Written: 1877 
19. Nabucco: Oh, di qual'onta aggravisi by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Grace Bumbry (Mezzo Soprano), Renato Bruson (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
20. Faust: Anges purs, anges radieux by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Katia Ricciarelli (Soprano), William Lewis (Tenor), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 

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 Opera Lovers Rejoice August 1, 2014 By Antoinette L. (Murrells Inlet, SC) See All My Reviews "What a joy to recapture a moment in history from the Met. I recorded this over 30 years ago on VCR but over the years the tape has become, shall we say, faded and fidelity is often sad. However, now I can play it on DVD and relive the moment in time when I lived in New York and frequented the Metropolitan Opera. Truly a memorable program and a must for all opera lovers. To see it is to love it!" Report Abuse
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