• Wagner's Birthday

Ever since its inaugural season in 1883–84, the Met has been home to some of the greatest Wagner singers in history. In celebration of the composer's 200th birthday on May 22, 2013, here's a gallery of favorite Met stars through the years.

  • Jean de Reszke in the title role of Siegfried, 1896

    Photo: Met Opera Archives
  • Olive Fremstad as Sieglinde in Die Walküre, 1903

    Photo: Met Opera Archives
  • Alois Burgstaller in the title role of Parsifal, in the opera's first performance outside the Bayreuth Festival, 1903

    Photo: Met Opera Archives
  • Friedrich Schorr as Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, 1934

    Photo: Met Opera Archives
  • Kirsten Flagstad and Lauritz Melchior in the title roles of Tristan und Isolde, 1935

    Photo: Met Opera Archives
  • Alexander Kipnis as Gurnemanz in Parsifal, 1940

    Photo: Met Opera Archives
  • Helen Traubel as Brünnhilde in Die Walküre, 1941

    Photo: Met Opera Archives
  • Astrid Varnay in her Met debut as Sieglinde in Die Walküre, 1941

    Photo: Met Opera Archives
  • Marjorie Lawrence as Isolde in Tristan und Isolde, 1944

    Photo: Met Opera Archives
  • Set Svanholm as Tristan in Tristan und Isolde, c. 1946

    Photo: Met Opera Archives
  • Ferdinand Frantz as Wotan in Die Walküre, c. 1949

    Photo: Met Opera Archives
  • Hans Hotter as Hunding in Die Walküre, 1954

    Photo: Met Opera Archives
  • Birgit Nilsson in her Met debut as Isolde in Tristan und Isolde, 1959

    Photo: Met Opera Archives
  • Leonie Rysanek as Senta in Der Fliegende Holländer, 1960

    Photo: Met Opera Archives
  • Christa Ludwig as Fricka in Die Walküre, 1967

    Photo: Met Opera Archives
  • Plácido Domingo in the title role of Lohengrin, 1984

    Photo: Met Opera Archives
  • Hildegard Behrens as Brünnhilde in Die Walküre, 1986

    Photo: Winnie Klotz/Met Opera Archives
  • Tatiana Troyanos as Venus in Tannhäuser, 1992

    Photo: Met Opera Archives
  • Deborah Voigt as Sieglinde in Die Walküre, 2008

    Photo: Ken Howard/Met Opera
  • James Morris as Wotan in Die Walküre, 2009

    Photo: Ken Howard/Met Opera
  • Jonas Kaufmann as Siegmund in Die Walküre, 2010

    Photo: Ken Howard/Met Opera