Verdi at the Met, classic live performances from 1935 - 1967 [20 CDs]

Album Summary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Otello
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un ballo in maschera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Falstaff
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Simon Boccanegra
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La forza del destino
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Macbeth
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Verdi at the Met captures the drama of Verdi's greatest operas as they were performed live at The Metropolitan Opera in New York. These ten recordings cover four decades starting with La Traviata in 1935 and feature some of the best-loved voices and conductors of the twentieth century. The famous pairing of tenor Richard Tucker and baritone Leonard Warren can be heard in Simon Boccanegra and La Forza del Destino. Also included are Carlo Bergonzi, Grace Bumbry, Leontyne Price and Robert Merrill singing the leading roles in Aida. These historic radio broadcasts, restored and remastered, bring these great interpretations of Verdi's masterpieces back to life and are available for the first time.


Works:

La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Rosa Ponselle (Soprano), Friedrich Jagel (Tenor), Lawrence Tibbett (Baritone),
Henriette Wakefield (Mezzo Soprano), Alfredo Gandolfi (Bass)
Conductor: Ettore Panizza
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853; Italy
Date of Recording: 01/05/1935
Venue: Live Metropolitan Opera House, New York City
Language: Italian

Un ballo in maschera by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Alexander Svéd (Baritone), Jussi Björling (Tenor), Bruna Castagna (Mezzo Soprano),
Zinka Milanov (Soprano)
Conductor: Ettore Panizza
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859; Italy
Date of Recording: 1940
Venue: Live Metropolitan Opera House, New York

Otello by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Lawrence Tibbett (Baritone), Giovanni Martinelli (Tenor), Alessio De Paolis (Tenor),
Thelma Votipka (Mezzo Soprano), Elisabeth Rethberg (Soprano)
Conductor: Ettore Panizza
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887; Italy
Date of Recording: 1940
Venue: Live Metropolitan Opera House, New York

Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Carlotta Ordassy (Soprano), Leonie Rysanek (Soprano), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor),
Jerome Hines (Baritone), William Olvis (Tenor), Gerhard Pechner (Bass),
Osie Hawkins (Bass), Calvin Marsh (Baritone), Emilia Cundari (Soprano),
Mildred Allen (Soprano), Harold Sternberg (Bass), Leonard Warren (Baritone)
Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847/1865; Italy
Date of Recording: 02/1959
Venue: Manhattan Center, New York City
Length: 131 Minutes 0 Secs.
Language: Italian

Aida by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Grace Bumbry (Mezzo Soprano), Robert Merrill (Baritone),
Leontyne Price (Soprano), Jerome Hines (Bass)
Conductor: Thomas Schippers
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871; Italy
Date of Recording: 1967
Venue: Live Metropolitan Opera House, New York

Simon Boccanegra by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor), Astrid Varnay (Soprano), Leonard Warren (Baritone),
Mihaly Székely (Bass)
Conductor: Fritz Stiedry
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1857; Italy
Date of Recording: 1950
Venue: Live Metropolitan Opera House, New York

Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Norman Cordon (Bass), Leonard Warren (Baritone), Bidu Sayao (Soprano),
Martha Lipton (Mezzo Soprano), Jussi Björling (Tenor)
Conductor: Cesare Sodero
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851; Italy
Date of Recording: 1945
Venue: Live Metropolitan Opera House, New York

Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Eugenio Fernandi (Tenor), Cornell MacNeil (Baritone), Leonie Rysanek (Soprano),
Cesare Siepi (Bass), Rosalind Elias (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Thomas Schippers
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1842; Italy
Date of Recording: 1960
Venue: Live Metropolitan Opera House, New York

Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Licia Albanese (Soprano), Cloe Elmo (Mezzo Soprano), Giuseppe Valdengo (Baritone),
Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano), Leonard Warren (Baritone), Martha Lipton (Mezzo Soprano),
Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor: Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893; Italy
Date of Recording: 1949
Venue: Live Metropolitan Opera House, New York

La forza del destino by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor), Mildred Miller (Mezzo Soprano), Leonard Warren (Baritone),
Jerome Hines (Bass), Zinka Milanov (Soprano)
Conductor: Fritz Stiedry
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1862/1869; Italy
Date of Recording: 1952
Venue: Live Metropolitan Opera House, New York



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Works Details

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
  • Conductor: Ettore Panizza
  • Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 59 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Otello
  • Performers: Alessio Paolis (Voice); George Cehanovsky (Baritone); Giordano Paltrinieri (Bass); Lawrence Tibbett (Voice)
  • Conductor: Ettore Panizza
  • Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
  • Running Time: 109 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1887

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un ballo in maschera
  • Conductor: Ettore Panizza
  • Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
  • Running Time: 91 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
  • Conductor: Cesare Sodero
  • Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
  • Running Time: 87 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Falstaff
  • Performers: Alessio Paolis (Voice); Lorenzo Alvary (Bass); Leonard Warren (Baritone); Leslie Chabay (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Fritz Reiner
  • Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
  • Running Time: 84 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Simon Boccanegra
  • Performers: Lorenzo Alvary (Bass); Leonard Warren (Baritone); Giuseppe Valdengo (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Fritz Stiedry
  • Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
  • Running Time: 43 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1857

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La forza del destino
  • Conductor: Fritz Stiedry
  • Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
  • Running Time: 99 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Macbeth
  • Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
  • Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1847.
  • Running Time: 89 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1847

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco
  • Conductor: Thomas Schippers
  • Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
  • Running Time: 66 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1842

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
  • Conductor: Thomas Schippers
  • Notes: Composition written: 1871.
  • Running Time: 102 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871