The Inaugural Season: Extraordinary Met Performances from 1966-67 | Warner 5701822

The Inaugural Season: Extraordinary Met Performances from 1966-67

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Label: Warner

Cat No: 5701822

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 22

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 16th December 2016

Contents

Artists

Leontyne Price
Justino Diaz
Jess Thomas
Birgit Nilsson
Franco Corelli
Mirella Freni
Bonaldo Giaiotti
Leonie Rysanek
Christa Ludwig
Irene Dalis
James King
Walter Berry
Joan Sutherland
Richard Tucker
Anselmo Colzani
Nicola Ghiuselev
Jon Vickers
Lucine Amara
Geraint Evans
Judith Raskin
Roberta Peters
George Shirley
Theodor Uppman
John Macurdy
James McCracken
Montserrat Caballe
Tito Gobbi
Renata Scotto
Nedda Casei
Ron Bottcher
Cornell MacNeil
Nicolai Gedda
Belen Amparan
Leontyne Price
Carlo Bergonzi
Grace Bumbry
Robert Merrill

Conductors

Thomas Schippers
Zubin Mehta
Karl Böhm
Richard Bonynge
Colin Davis
Josef Krips
Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Lamberto Gardelli

Works

Barber, Samuel

Antony and Cleopatra, op.40

Britten, Benjamin

Peter Grimes, op.33

Donizetti, Gaetano

Lucia di Lammermoor

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K620

Puccini, Giacomo

Madama Butterfly
Turandot

Strauss, Richard

Die Frau ohne Schatten, op.65

Verdi, Giuseppe

Aida
Otello
Rigoletto

Artists

Leontyne Price
Justino Diaz
Jess Thomas
Birgit Nilsson
Franco Corelli
Mirella Freni
Bonaldo Giaiotti
Leonie Rysanek
Christa Ludwig
Irene Dalis
James King
Walter Berry
Joan Sutherland
Richard Tucker
Anselmo Colzani
Nicola Ghiuselev
Jon Vickers
Lucine Amara
Geraint Evans
Judith Raskin
Roberta Peters
George Shirley
Theodor Uppman
John Macurdy
James McCracken
Montserrat Caballe
Tito Gobbi
Renata Scotto
Nedda Casei
Ron Bottcher
Cornell MacNeil
Nicolai Gedda
Belen Amparan
Leontyne Price
Carlo Bergonzi
Grace Bumbry
Robert Merrill

Conductors

Thomas Schippers
Zubin Mehta
Karl Böhm
Richard Bonynge
Colin Davis
Josef Krips
Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Lamberto Gardelli

About

On 16 September 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.

Contents:
Barber - Antony and Cleopatra (2CD) 16 September 1966
- Leontyne Price, Justino Díaz, Jess Thomas, cond. Thomas Schippers

Puccini - Turandot (2CD) 3 December 1966
- Birgit Nilsson, Franco Corelli, Mirella Freni, Bonaldo Giaiotti, cond. Zubin Mehta

R Strauss - Die Frau ohne Schatten (3CD) 17 December 1966
- Leonie Rysanek, Christa Ludwig, Irene Dalis, James King, Walter Berry, cond. Karl Böhm

Donizetti - Lucia di Lammermoor (2CD) 31 December 1966
- Joan Sutherland, Richard Tucker, Anselmo Colzani, Nicola Ghiuselev, cond. Richard Bonynge

Britten - Peter Grimes (2CD) 11 February 1967
- Jon Vickers, Lucine Amara, Geraint Evans, cond. Colin Davis

Mozart - Die Zauberflöte (2CD) 4 March 1967
- Judith Raskin, Roberta Peters, George Shirley, Theodor Uppman, John Macurdy, cond. Josef Krips

Verdi - Otello (2CD) 11 March 1967
- James McCracken, Montserrat Caballé, Tito Gobbi, cond. Zubin Mehta

Puccini - Madama Butterfly (2CD) 18 March 1967
- Renata Scotto, George Shirley, Nedda Casei, Ron Bottcher, cond. Francesco Molinari-Pradelli

Verdi - Rigoletto (2CD) 8 April 1967
- Cornell MacNeil, Roberta Peters, Nicolaï Gedda, Bonaldo Giaiotti, Belén Amparan, cond. Lamberto Gardelli

Verdi - Aida (2CD) 25 February 1967
- Leontyne Price, Carlo Bergonzi, Grace Bumbry, Robert Merrill, cond. Thomas Schippers

Bonus Disc: Highlights of the Met's 1966-67 Season
1. 16/9/1966 Opening Night at the New Met — Live Radio Interviews: Pre-Curtain   
- Milton Cross, Rudolf Bing, Thomas Schippers, Leontyne Price, Justino Díaz, Franco Zeffirelli, John D. Rockefeller III

2. 16/9/1966 Opening Night at the New Met — Live Radio Interviews: Intermission   
- Milton Cross, Edward Downes, Lady Bird Johnson, Lotte Lehmann, Cecil Beaton, Marc Chagall

3. 28/1/1967  Mozart - Don Giovanni, Act I: Don Ottavio, son morta! — Or sai, chi l'onore
- Joan Sutherland, Nicolai Gedda, cond. Karl Böhm

4. 15/4/1967  Ponchielli - La Gioconda, Act II: E un anatèma! ... L'amo come il fulgor del creato
- Renata Tebaldi, Rosalind Elias, cond. Fausto Cleva
5. La Gioconda, Act II: Il mio braccio t'afferra!
- Renata Tebaldi, Rosalind Elias, Cornell MacNeil, Barry Morell, cond. Fausto Cleva
6. La Gioconda, Act II: Vedi là, nel canal morto
- Renata Tebaldi, Barry Morell, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, cond. Fausto Cleva

7. 21/1/1967  Wagner - Lohengrin, Act II: Du wilde Seherin! Wie willst du doch geheimnisvoll   
- Walter Berry, Christa Ludwig, cond. Karl Böhm

8. 4/2/1967  Puccini - La Bohème, Act III: Donde lieta uscì
- Teresa Stratas, cond. Fausto Cleva

9. 25/3/1967  Verdi - La Traviata, Act II: Pura siccome un angelo
- Robert Merrill, Anna Moffo, cond. Georges Prêtre
10. La Traviata, Act II: Non sapete quale affetto — Un dì, quando le veneri
- Anna Moffo, Robert Merrill, cond. Georges Prêtre
11. La Traviata, Act II: Ah! Dite alla giovine
- Anna Moffo, Robert Merrill, cond. Georges Prêtre

12. 18/2/1967  Verdi - Il Trovatore, Act I: Tace la notte!
- Robert Merrill, Richard Tucker, Martina Arroyo, cond. Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
13. Il Trovatore, Act I: Di geloso amor sprezzato
- Robert Merrill, Martina Arroyo, Richard Tucker, cond. Francesco Molinari-Pradelli

14. 10/12/1966  Strauss - Elektra: Ich habe keine guten Nächte
- Regina Resnik, Birgit Nilsson, cond. Thomas Schippers
15. Elektra: Wenn das rechte Blutopfer unterm Beile fällt
- Birgit Nilsson, Regina Resnik, cond. Thomas Schippers
16. Elektra: Was bluten muss?
- Birgit Nilsson, cond. Thomas Schippers

17. 1/4/1967  Levy - Mourning Becomes Electra, Act II: Forgive me — He takes my place
- Marie Collier, John Reardon, Evelyn Lear, Sherrill Milnes, cond. Zubin Mehta

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