Metropolitan Opera Centennial Gala (1983)

Release Date: 9/15/2009
Catalog Number: B001326309
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2

Physical Format:

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 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)
Works on This Recording
1. Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93: Overture by Bedrich Smetana
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
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: Roberta Peters (Soprano), Julien Robbins (Bass), Brian Schexnayder (Tenor), Robert [Singer] Nágy (Tenor), Dano Raffanti (Tenor), Loretta Franco (Soprano)
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: Judith Blegen (Soprano), Frederica Von Stade (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1909-1910 ; Germany
10. Roméo et Juliette: Ange adorable [Madrigal] by Charles Gounod
Performer: Alfredo Kraus (Tenor), Catherine Malfitano (Soprano)
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), Frederica Von Stade (Mezzo Soprano), Elisabeth Söderström (Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1909-1910 ; Germany
14. Otello: Già nella notte densa by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Mirella Freni (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
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
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877 ; France
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), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass), William [tenor] Lewis (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; France
21. Faust: Anges purs, anges radieux by Charles Gounod
Performer: William [tenor] Lewis (Tenor), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass), Katia Ricciarelli (Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; France
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