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Composer: Jules Massenet
Librettist: Édouard Blau
Fournet; von Stade, Kraus, StilwellMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 13 min.
Werther is one of the iconic figures in literature, an innocent young man who feels nature deeply and loves unreservedly. In Massenet’s alluring operatic version, Alfredo Kraus magnificently captures every nuance of this complex character—his aristocratic bearing and pure soul, his anguish that the only woman he can love is promised to another man,...
Composer: Jules Massenet
Librettist: Édouard Blau, Paul Milliet and Georges Hartmann
Bonynge; Crespin, Kraus, Carlson, BattleMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 12 min.
Goethe’s book, The Sorrows of Young Werther, first appeared in 1774, a powerful story of an impossible love which set off a wave of suicides across Europe. Authorities were horrified, but the emotions of the younger generation had been unleashed. Massenet’s opera captures all of the pathos and tragedy of Goethe’s story. Alfredo Kraus’s aristocratic...
Composer: Alban Berg
Librettist: Alban Berg, adapted from the play by Georg Büchner
Levine; Dalayman, Clark, Forbis, HeldMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 34 min.
Berg’s gripping score is masterfully brought to life by Music Director James Levine, a longtime champion of this groundbreaking opera. Alan Held gives a wrenching performance as the hapless soldier of the title, whose mind finally snaps under the relentless brutality of his life. Katarina Dalayman is his common-law wife, Marie, who can’t resist the...
Composer: Alban Berg
Librettist: Alban Berg
Levine; Behrens, Ulfung, Cassilly, BoeschMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
James Levine, a longtime champion of this groundbreaking work, has conducted every Met performance of Wozzeck since 1974. He brings Berg’s revolutionary score to dramatic life in this broadcast, leading an extraordinary cast headed by Christian Boesch and Hildegard Behrens. Boesch gives a heartbreaking performance as the poor, abused soldier of the...
Levine; Van Dam, Silja, Cassilly, Ulfung, WellerMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 33 min.
From "James Levine: Celebrating 40 Years at the Met" CD Box Set
James Levine’s affection for Berg’s searing masterpiece has given Met audiences many opportunities to experience this groundbreaking score. Here Levine conducts José van Dam in the title role, who gives a heartbreaking performance as the downtrodden, humiliated soldier. Anja Silja is ...
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Librettist: Emanuel Schikaneder
Krips; Raskin, Peters, Shirley, Uppman, MacurdyMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 28 min.
George Shirley is Tamino, the young prince who suddenly finds himself on a mission to find Pamina (Judith Raskin), the abducted daughter of the Queen of the Night (Roberta Peters). With his companion, the bird-catcher Papageno (Theodor Uppman), Tamino sets out to rescue Pamina from the realm of the evil Sarastro (John Macurdy)—only to realize that ...
Foster; Popp, Donat, Kuebler, Duesing, MacurdyMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 34 min.
Mozart’s immortal parable is ideally served by the great Lucia Popp as Pamina, the young girl caught between filial duty, motherly rage, and the stirrings of first love. David Kuebler is Tamino, the fearless prince who sets out to win her, and Dale Duesing sings Papageno, the down-to-earth birdcatcher who longs for a wife of his own. John Macurdy a...
Levine; Battle, Serra, Araiza, Moll, HemmMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 41 min.
Mozart’s magical fairy tale has enchanted and moved audiences for more than 200 years—which is easy to understand after hearing this broadcast, brilliantly conducted by James Levine. The handsome, stalwart prince Tamino (Francisco Araiza) must fight supernatural forces to rescue the beautiful princess (Kathleen Battle) with whom he has fallen in lo...
de Waart; Bonney, Dunleavy, Lopardo, Moll, FinleyMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 33 min.
Mozart’s charming fairy tale has something for everyone: comedy, adventure, eternal wisdom, outrageous characters and, of course, a hero who dares everything for his true love. Barbara Bonney is Pamina, beautiful daughter of the Queen of the Night (Mary Dunleavy), who is kidnapped by Sarastro (a superb Kurt Moll). Prince Tamino (Frank Lopardo)—with...
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