The Inaugural Season: Extraordinary Met Performances from 1966-67

Release Date: 12/16/2016
Catalog Number: 70182
Number of Discs: 22

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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 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.
Works on This Recording
1. Antony and Cleopatra, Op. 40 by Samuel Barber
Performer: Leontyne Price (Soprano), Jess Thomas (Tenor), Justino Diaz (Bass)
Conductor: Thomas Schippers
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1965-1966 ; USA
1. Antony and Cleopatra, Op. 40 by Samuel Barber
Performer: Justino Diaz (Bass), Leontyne Price (Soprano), Jess Thomas (Tenor)
Conductor: Thomas Schippers
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1965-1966 ; USA
2. Turandot by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Birgit Nilsson (Soprano), Mirella Freni (Soprano), Franco Corelli (Tenor), Bonaldo Giaiotti (Bass)
Conductor: Zubin Mehta
Period: Romantic
Written: 1926 ; Italy
2. Turandot by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Bonaldo Giaiotti (Bass), Birgit Nilsson (Soprano), Mirella Freni (Soprano), Franco Corelli (Tenor)
Conductor: Zubin Mehta
Period: Romantic
Written: 1926 ; Italy
3. Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op. 65 by Richard Strauss
Performer: Leonie Rysanek (Soprano), James King (Tenor), Irene Dalis (Mezzo Soprano), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Walter Berry (Bass Baritone)
Conductor: Karl Böhm
Period: Romantic
Written: 1914-1918 ; Germany
3. Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op. 65 by Richard Strauss
Performer: Walter Berry (Bass Baritone), Irene Dalis (Mezzo Soprano), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Leonie Rysanek (Soprano), James King (Tenor)
Conductor: Karl Böhm
Period: Romantic
Written: 1914-1918 ; Germany
4. Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Anselmo Colzani (Baritone), Richard Tucker (Tenor), Nicolai Ghiuselev (Bass)
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic
Written: 1835 ; Italy
4. Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: Anselmo Colzani (Baritone), Nicolai Ghiuselev (Bass), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic
Written: 1835 ; Italy
5. Peter Grimes, Op. 33 by Benjamin Britten
Performer: Geraint Evans (Baritone), Lucine Amara (Soprano), Jon Vickers (Tenor)
Conductor: Sir Colin Davis
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1944-1945 ; England
5. Peter Grimes, Op. 33 by Benjamin Britten
Performer: Geraint Evans (Baritone), Lucine Amara (Soprano), Jon Vickers (Tenor)
Conductor: Sir Colin Davis
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1944-1945 ; England
6. Die Zauberflöte, K 620 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Theodor Uppman (Baritone), John Macurdy (Bass), Judith Raskin (Soprano), Roberta Peters (Soprano), George Shirley (Tenor)
Conductor: Josef Krips
Period: Classical
Written: 1791 ; Vienna, Austria
6. Die Zauberflöte, K 620 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Theodor Uppman (Baritone), John Macurdy (Bass), Judith Raskin (Soprano), Roberta Peters (Soprano), George Shirley (Tenor)
Conductor: Josef Krips
Period: Classical
Written: 1791 ; Vienna, Austria
7. Otello by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Tito Gobbi (Baritone), Montserrat Caballé (Soprano), James McCracken (Tenor)
Conductor: Zubin Mehta
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887 ; Italy
7. Otello by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Tito Gobbi (Baritone), Montserrat Caballé (Soprano), James McCracken (Tenor)
Conductor: Zubin Mehta
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887 ; Italy
8. Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Ron Bottcher (Baritone), Nedda Casei (Mezzo Soprano), George Shirley (Tenor), Renata Scotto (Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1904 ; Italy
8. Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Ron Bottcher (Baritone), Nedda Casei (Mezzo Soprano), Renata Scotto (Soprano), George Shirley (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1904 ; Italy
9. Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Cornell MacNeil (Baritone), Belan Amparan (Alto), Nicolai Gedda (Tenor), Bonaldo Giaiotti (Bass), Roberta Peters (Soprano)
Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851 ; Italy
9. Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Belan Amparan (Alto), Cornell MacNeil (Baritone), Bonaldo Giaiotti (Bass), Roberta Peters (Soprano), Nicolai Gedda (Tenor)
Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851 ; Italy
10. Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Grace Bumbry (Mezzo Soprano), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Robert Merrill (Baritone), Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor: Thomas Schippers
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ; Italy
10. Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Robert Merrill (Baritone), Grace Bumbry (Mezzo Soprano), Leontyne Price (Soprano), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor: Thomas Schippers
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ; Italy
11. Don Giovanni, K 527: Don Ottavio, son morta! by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Nicolai Gedda (Tenor)
Conductor: Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1787 ; Prague, Czech Republ
11. Don Giovanni, K 527: Don Ottavio, son morta! by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Nicolai Gedda (Tenor)
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: Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Nicolai Gedda (Tenor)
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: Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Nicolai Gedda (Tenor)
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: Rosalind Elias (Mezzo Soprano), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor: Fausto Cleva
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1876 ; Italy
13. La Gioconda: É un anatema by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performer: Rosalind Elias (Mezzo Soprano), Renata Tebaldi (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
14. La Gioconda: L'amo come il fulgor del creato! by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performer: Rosalind Elias (Mezzo Soprano), Renata Tebaldi (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: Rosalind Elias (Mezzo Soprano), Cornell MacNeil (Baritone), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano), Barry Morell (Tenor)
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: Cornell MacNeil (Baritone), Rosalind Elias (Mezzo Soprano), Renata Tebaldi (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: Renata Tebaldi (Soprano), Barry Morell (Tenor)
Conductor: Fausto Cleva
16. La Gioconda: Vedi là, nel canal morto by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performer: Renata Tebaldi (Soprano), Barry Morell (Tenor)
Conductor: Fausto Cleva
17. Lohengrin: Du wilde Seherin by Richard Wagner
Performer: Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Walter Berry (Bass Baritone)
Conductor: Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847 ; Germany
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
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: Anna Moffo (Soprano), Robert Merrill (Baritone)
Conductor: Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853 ; 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
20. La traviata: Non sapete quale affetto by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Robert Merrill (Baritone), Anna Moffo (Soprano)
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
21. La traviata: Un dì, quando le veneri by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Robert Merrill (Baritone), Anna Moffo (Soprano)
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
22. La traviata: Ah! Dite alla giovine by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Robert Merrill (Baritone), Anna Moffo (Soprano)
Conductor: Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853 ; Italy
23. Il trovatore: Di geloso amor sprezzato by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Martina Arroyo (Soprano), Robert Merrill (Baritone), Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853 ; Italy
23. Il trovatore: Di geloso amor sprezzato by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Robert Merrill (Baritone), Martina Arroyo (Soprano), Richard Tucker (Tenor)
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), Richard Tucker (Tenor), Robert Merrill (Baritone)
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: Robert Merrill (Baritone), Martina Arroyo (Soprano), Richard Tucker (Tenor)
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 ;
25. Elektra, Op. 58: Ich habe keine guten Nächte by Richard Strauss
Performer: Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano), Birgit Nilsson (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
26. Elektra, Op. 58: Wenn das rechte Blutopfer by Richard Strauss
Performer: Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano), Birgit Nilsson (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
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: John Reardon (Baritone), Sherrill Milnes (Baritone), Evelyn Lear (Soprano), Marie Collier (Soprano)
Conductor: Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1967 ; United States
28. Mourning Becomes Electra: Forgive me - He takes my place by Marvin David Levy
Performer: John Reardon (Baritone), Sherrill Milnes (Baritone), Marie Collier (Soprano), Evelyn Lear (Soprano)
Conductor: Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1967 ; United States
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