Thursday, September 1, 2011
There’s nothing as thrilling as a live performance at the Metropolitan Opera. New thrills are yours to enjoy at home with the latest installment in the electrifying series of Saturday afternoon broadcast recordings taken directly from the Metropolitan Opera’s archives. Freshly re-mastered from their original sources and available on CD for the first time, the series features some of the greatest singers ever to grace the Met stage.
Fans of Giuseppe Verdi are in for a treat because four of the master’s operas are featured in this round of recordings. Leontyne Price, Franco Corelli, Mario Sereni and Irene Dalis are featured in a spectacular 1961 performance of Il Trovatore conducted by Fausto Cleva. Cleva is also on the podium for a 1964 performance of Rigoletto with a cast headlined by three of America’s greatest singers: Robert Merrill, Roberta Peters and Richard Tucker. Don Carlo requires a cast of great vocalists who are also gripping actors. This 1964 performance conducted by Kurt Adler has it all: Franco Corelli, Leonie Rysanek, Giorgio Tozzi, Nicolae Herlea and Irene Dalis. A 1955 performance of Un Ballo in Maschera is historic for many reasons. It features Zinka Milanov, one of the greatest Verdi sopranos, and also contralto Marian Anderson. Anderson broke ground earlier in the 1955 season when she became the first African-American to sing a leading role at the Met. Jan Peerce and Robert Merrill are also featured in this performance conducted by the legendary Dimitri Mitropoulos.
There’s much more to enjoy in the series and Ariama has every recording in CD, MP3 and Lossless download.
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