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Marilyn Horne (Isabella), Paolo Montarsolo (Mustafa), Douglas Ahlstedt (Lindoro), Allan Monk (Taddeo), Myra Merritt (Elvira), Diane Kesling (Zulma), Spiro Malas (Haly)
The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, James Levine
Sparkily conducted by James Levine, Ponnelle's 1986 Met production goes for broad comedy rather than subtlety, but Marilyn Horne knows exactly how to sing Isabella, and receives strong buffo... — More…
Teresa Stratas (Violetta), Plácido Domingo (Alfredo), Cornell MacNeil (Giorgio Germont)
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine
Severely cut and rearranged, Zeffirelli's famous film suffocates under its own opulence; but Parisian and Provencal locations, Levine's rich conducting, Domingo and Stratas remain rewarding. — More…
Deborah Voigt (Ariadne/Prima Donna), Natalie Dessay (Zerbinetta), Susanne Mentzer (The Composer), Richard Margison (Bacchus/The Tenor), Wolfgang Brendel (The Music Master), Waldemar Kmentt (The Major-Domo)
The Metropolitan Opera, James Levine, Laurie Feldman
...two prima donnas [Voigt and Mentzer] at the peaks of their careers having fun with the liveliest Elijah Moshinsky production I've seen...Dessay slips between complex human truth and the commedia... — More…
Plácido Domingo (Otello), Renée Fleming (Desdemona), James Morris (Iago), Richard Croft (Cassio), Charles Anthony (Rodrigo), Alexander Anisimov (Lodovico), Jane Bunnell (Emilia), Christopher Schaldenbrand (Un Araldo), Ted Lambrinos (Monatano)
The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, James...
It is good to have so telling a reminder on DVD of Placido Domingo's masterly assumption of the role of Otello...[Fleming was] then at her freshest and purest, yet also with power, looking and... — More…
James Morris (Hans Sachs), Ben Heppner (Walther von Stolzing), Karita Mattila (Eva), Thomas Allen (Beckmesser), Jill Grove (Magdalena), Matthew Polenzani (David), René Pape (Pogner), John Relyea (Nachtwächter)
Metropolitan Opera & Chorus, James Levine
Thank goodness for no quirky ideas...The singers are all outstanding, led by James Morris's warmly genial Sachs...and by Ben Heppner, who is an equally convincing Walther...Mattila not only looks... — More…
James Morris (Wotan), Siegfried Jerusalem (Loge), Ekkehard Wlaschiha (Alberich), Christa Ludwig (Fricka), Jan-Hendrik Rootering (Fasolt), Matti Salminen (Fafner), MariAnne Häggander (Freia), Alan Held (Donner), Jean-Mark Baker (Froh), Heinz Zednik (Mime), Birgitta...
None of the four video-recorded versions can be called ideal; but this Met cycle has plenty of strong points. It's the only one Wagner would have recognised – no small consideration. It's frequently... — More…
Louis Quilico (Rigoletto), Christiane Eda-Pierre (Gilda), Luciano Pavarotti (Duke of Mantua), Isola Jones (Maddalena), Ara Berberian (Sparafucile), Richard J. Clark (Monterone), Charles Anthony (Borsa), John Darrenkamp (Marullo);
Metropolitan Opera, James Levine
Dramatically we're back in the stone age...Musically there's much to admire...The vocalism is strong and occasionally outstanding. — More…
Bryn Terfel (Don Giovanni), Renée Fleming (Donna Anna), Solveig Kringelborn (Donna Elvira), Ferruccio Furlanetto (Leporello), Paul Groves (Don Ottavio), Sergei Koptchak (Il Commendatore), John Relyea (Masetto), Hei-Kyung Hong (Zerlina)
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus, James Levine