"We thought it would be fun for opera lovers to have their say," explained Peter Gelb, the Metropolitan Opera's general manager.
Voting for Great Moments at the Met: Viewer's Choice begins next Monday, September 17, at the Great Performances website (www.pbs.org/gperf), where a selection of excerpts from three decades' worth of Met telecasts will be available for screening. Viewers may choose and rank their top-ten favorites. Voting ends on Friday, October 12.
Among the highlights on the ballot are:
- The very first Live from the Met telecast, a 1977 La Bohme starring Luciano Pavarotti and Renata Scotto.
- Plšcido Domingo in the title role of Verdi's Otello (1979).
- Leontyne Price in her 1985 Metropolitan Opera farewell as Aida.
- Joan Sutherland as Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor (1982).
- Birgit Nilsson in the searing title role of Strauss's Elektra (1981).
Also on the ballot are highlights from last season's high-definition movie theater simulcasts, all six of which were subsequently aired on PBS's Great Performances at the Met, including:
- Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, with Ren_e Fleming and Dmitri Hvorostovsky.
- Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia, with Juan Diego Fl‹rez, Joyce di Donato, Peter Mattei and John Del Carlo.
- Bellini's I Puritani starring Anna Netrebko.