Wagner at the MET: Legendary Performances from The Metropolitan Opera

Album Summary

>Wagner, Richard : The Flying Dutchman
>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser
>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin
>Wagner, Richard : Das Rheingold
>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried
>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung
>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde
>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
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Works:

Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner

1938

Performer: Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Lauritz Melchior (Tenor), Karin Branzell (Mezzo Soprano),
Emanuel List (Bass), Julius Huehn (Baritone)
Conductor: Artur Bodanzky
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1857-1859; Germany

Tannhäuser by Richard Wagner

1954

Performer: George London (Bass Baritone), Margaret Harshaw (Soprano), Ramon Vinay (Tenor),
Astrid Varnay (Soprano), Jerome Hines (Bass)
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845/1861; Germany

Siegfried by Richard Wagner

1937

Performer: Friedrich Schorr (Baritone), Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Lauritz Melchior (Tenor),
Karl Laufko¨tter (Tenor), Eduard Habich (Baritone)
Conductor: Artur Bodanzky
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871; Germany

Lohengrin by Richard Wagner

1943

Performer: Alexander Svéd (Baritone), Kerstin Thorborg (Alto), Astrid Varnay (Soprano),
Lauritz Melchior (Tenor), Norman Cordon (Bass)
Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846-1847; Germany

Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner

1936

Performer: Friedrich Schorr (Baritone), Dorothee Manski (Soprano), Kathryn Meisle (Mezzo Soprano),
Lauritz Melchior (Tenor), Marjorie Lawrence (Soprano), Ludwig Hofmann (Bass)
Conductor: Artur Bodanzky
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1861-1874; Germany

Die Walküre by Richard Wagner

1940

Performer: Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Lauritz Melchior (Tenor), Karin Branzell (Mezzo Soprano),
Emanuel List (Bass), Julius Huehn (Baritone)
Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1856; Germany

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg by Richard Wagner

1953

Performer: Gerhard Pechner (Baritone), Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano), Paul Schöffler (Baritone),
Hans Hopf (Tenor), Josef Greindl (Bass)
Conductor: Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1862-1867; Germany

Der fliegende Holländer by Richard Wagner

1950

Performer: Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Lauritz Melchior (Tenor), Karin Branzell (Mezzo Soprano),
Emanuel List (Bass), Julius Huehn (Baritone)
Conductor: Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1841/1852; Germany

Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner

1951

Performer: Lawrence Davidson (Baritone), Set Svanholm (Tenor), Hans Hotter (Baritone),
Margaret Harshaw (Soprano)
Conductor: Fritz Stiedry
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1854; Germany



Wagner at The Met is the first authorized release of Richard Wagner's operatic masterpieces, including the complete Ring Cycle, captured live in historic broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera. The recordings have been newly restored from the original sources and vividly display the grandeur and immediacy of these legendary, once-in-a-lifetime performances. The casts include such celebrated Wagnerians as Kirsten Flagstad, Lauritz Melchior and Hans Hotter, led by iconic conductors including Fritz Reiner, George Szell and Erich Leinsdorf. The 25 CDs are packaged in minijackets in a lift-off box that includes a 128-page book with synopses and essays about each opera.



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Works Details

>Wagner, Richard : The Flying Dutchman
  • Conductor: Fritz Reiner
  • Notes: Composition written: 1841.
  • Running Time: 76 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1841

>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser
  • Conductor: George Szell
  • Running Time: 116 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1843-1865

>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin
  • Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
  • Running Time: 87 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1848

>Wagner, Richard : Das Rheingold
  • Conductor: Fritz Stiedry
  • Running Time: 81 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853-1854

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
  • Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
  • Running Time: 123 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856

>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried
  • Conductor: Artur Bodanzky
  • Running Time: 85 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1871

>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung
  • Conductor: Artur Bodanzky
  • Running Time: 144 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1874

>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde
  • Conductor: Artur Bodanzky
  • Running Time: 65 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1857-1859

>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
  • Conductor: Fritz Reiner
  • Running Time: 164 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862-1867