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James Levine, The Metropolitan Orchestra and Chorus - Verdi: Stiffelio (2007/1993)

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Orchestra and Chorus - Verdi: Stiffelio (2007/1993)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Orchestra and Chorus - Verdi: Stiffelio (2007/1993)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 6.67 Gb (DVD9) | 116 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon| Sub.: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Mortally wounded by the censors, Verdi's 1850 opera disappeared for more than a century. This Met staging is impressively sung, especially by Domingo in the title role. (BBC Music Magazine)
…the production… was mounted specifically for Domingo who enjoyed in it one of the most impressive triumphs of his career, happily preserved now in sight as well as sound. (Gramophone)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renata Scotto, Luciano Pavarotti - Puccini: La Boheme (2005/1977)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renata Scotto, Luciano Pavarotti - Puccini: La Boheme (2005/1977)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renata Scotto, Luciano Pavarotti - Puccini: La Bohème (2005/1977)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.71 Gb (DVD9) | 123 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

This was the very first “Live from the Met” telecast, and its availability on DVD will no doubt give rise to intense nostalgia, as it did for me. (How young everyone looked!) There’s an authentic sense of occasion to this performance. It’s one thing to play to a packed house, another to play to a nationwide television audience, and with so many eyes upon them, everyone involved in this Bohème rose to the occasion. It’s by no means a perfect evening—what performance ever is?—but it’s a treasurable one for anyone who cares about this opera, the Met, or the principal singers.

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Eva Marton, Placido Domingo - Puccini: Turandot (2003/1988)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Eva Marton, Placido Domingo - Puccini: Turandot (2003/1988)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Eva Marton, Placido Domingo - Puccini: Turandot (2003/1988)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.75 Gb (DVD9) | 132 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

The DVD version of Turandot is based on an outstanding MET production from 1988: “A straightforward, spectacular and star-cast staging by Franco Zeffirelli that comes over extremely well. At the heart of it is James Levine’s massive, stormy reading. The Met orchestra are in tremendous form; so is the chorus. Eva Marton sings with stinging power and passion; Plácido Domingo is a superb Calaf, Leona Mitchell is a silvery-voiced Liu. It is superbly directed and recorded…A clear first choice.” (The Classical Video Guide)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Paul Plishka, Mirella Freni, Marilyn Horne - Verdi: Falstaff (2009/1992)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Paul Plishka,  Mirella Freni, Marilyn Horne - Verdi: Falstaff (2009/1992)

Verdi - Falstaff (James Levine, Paul Plishka, Mirella Freni, Marilyn Horne) (2009/1992)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.46 Gb (DVD9) | 126 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

This time-honoured production of Verdi's final opera, one that has seen all the greatest Falstaffs of the last four decades hold court at its convincingly shabby Garter Inn and upset the decent folk of its lovingly recreated Tudor Windsor, marked the first appearance at the Met of producer and designer Franco Zeffirelli in March 1964. The Anglophile Zeffirelli had by then made his Shakespearean reputation with a revelatory Romeo and Juliet in London - his films of this play and of The Taming of the Shrew were shortly to follow - as well as with a similar production of Falstaff at Covent Garden, and the attention to visual and psychological detail displayed in his Met Falstaff won it high praise: “a milestone in the history of operatic production in this city" was the judgement of the New York Herald Tribune.

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Berlioz: Les Troyens (2007/1983)

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Berlioz: Les Troyens (2007/1983)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Berlioz: Les Troyens (2007/1983)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.62 Gb + 6.96 Gb (2xDVD9) | 250 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Français, English, Deutsch, Espanol, Chinese

"This very fine account…features the most starry casts of soloists, all at their peak, and is strongly directed by James Levine. Jessye Norman is magnetic…Domingo is at his most heroic in both halves of the massive narrative… an obvious principal DVD recommendation for the foreseeable future.” - The Penguin Classical Guide

Julius Rudel, London Symphny Orchestra, Beverly Sills - Donizetti: Anna Bolena (2001)

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Julius Rudel, London Symphny Orchestra, Beverly Sills - Donizetti: Anna Bolena (2001)

Julius Rudel, London Symphny Orchestra, Beverly Sills - Donizetti: Anna Bolena (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 931 Mb | Total time: 64:51+58:11+71:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Westminster | # 471 217-2 | Recorded: 1972

Anna Bolena premiered in 1830 and was Donizetti’s first great success–and it remains one of his finest works. Aside from his usual endless fount of melodies, we find through-composed scenes wherein recitative seamlessly melds into arioso and into aria or ensemble. Anna manages to come across as a real character, as does the unfortunate Jane Seymour, who has the (bad) luck to be Henry VIII’s new love; and Henry’s music, too, is composed effectively for this royal villain. Less successfully portrayed but still with a couple of fine arias and some stunning ensemble music is Anna’s brother Percy. He’s an earthbound character but his music is wonderful and difficult (it was composed for the legendary Rubini).

Richard Bonynge, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Alfredo Kraus - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2005/1982)

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Richard Bonynge, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Alfredo Kraus - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2005/1982)

Richard Bonynge, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Alfredo Kraus - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2005/1982)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.19 Gb (DVD9) | 137 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

The Metropolitan Opera performance of Lucia Di Lammermoor features Joan Sutherland in a triumphant return to the Met after a four year absence. Dame Joan gives a performance of astounding facility and musical sensitivity. Gaetano Donizetti's tragic masterpiece is based on Sir Walter Scott's novel, The Bride of Lammermoor, a brooding tale of love, murder, and vengeance set in seventeenth-century Scotland. Taped live in its entirety on November 13, 1982.