Metropolitan Opera Offers Historic Performances in Streaming Audio on Rhapsody

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"Opera lovers never have enough opera," says Metropolitan Opera general manager Peter Gelb. So he and his company — who have excited opera fans on four continents with such new media ventures as the high-definition broadcasts in movie theaters and the Metropolitan Opera channel on Sirius Satellite Radio — have announced another electronic endeavor to satisfy our hunger for great opera.

Through "Met on Rhapsody," a new venture between the Met and the Rhapsody® digital music service, the company is making broadcast recordings from its treasure-filled archives available in streaming audio on demand. The new service launches today with 100 operas — ranging all the way from a 1937 Carmen starring Rosa Ponselle to a 2006 Don Pasquale starring Juan Diego Fl‹rez and Anna Netrebko.

"Met on Rhapsody" also features an extensive gallery of production and artist photos and a pre-programmed web radio channel taken from Met broadcasts.

A list of the initial 100 operas available via "Met on Rhapsody" is below; the service expects to add more operas each month. To try out the service, visit www.rhapsody.com/metropolitanopera. More information is available at www.metopera.org.


Met on Rhapsody: The first 100 titles (in chronological order by date)

  • 1/9/1937 - Bizet: Carmen
    Papi; Ponselle, Rayner, Bodanya, Huehn

  • 12/2/1944 - Wagner: Die Walk‹re
    Szell; Traubel, Melchior, Bampton, Janssen, Thorborg

  • 1/27/1945 - Thomas: Mignon
    Pelletier; Stevens, Melton, Benzell, Pinza

  • 12/10/1949 - Puccini: Manon Lescaut
    Antonicelli; Kirsten, Bj‹rling, Valdengo

  • 2/16/1952 - Bizet: Carmen
    Reiner; Stevens, Tucker, Conner, Silveri

  • 11/29/1952 - Verdi: La forza del destino
    Stiedry; Milanov, Tucker, Warren, Hines, Miller

  • 4/4/1953 - Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana / Leoncavallo: Pagliacci
    Erede; Milanov, Baum / Del Monaco, Rigal, Silveri

  • 12/3/1955 - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann
    Monteux; Tucker, Peters, Stevens, Amara, Singher

  • 12/10/1955 - Verdi: Un ballo in maschera
    Mitropoulos; Milanov, Peerce, Merrill, Anderson, Peters

  • 1/7/1956 - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
    Cleva; Callas, Campora, Sordello, Moscona

  • 4/6/1957 - Verdi: La traviata
    Cleva; Tebaldi, Campora, Warren

  • 2/15/1958 - Puccini: La Bohme
    Schippers; Albanese, Bergonzi, Hurley, Sereni, Scott

  • 3/8/1958 - Verdi: Otello
    Cleva; Del Monaco, de los Angeles, Warren

  • 4/12/1958 - Saint-SaêŠns: Samson et Dalila
    Cleva; Del Monaco, Stevens, Singher

  • 2/14/1959 - Mozart: Don Giovanni
    B‹hm; London, Steber, Valletti, Della Casa, Hurley, Flagello

  • 2/21/1959 - Verdi: Macbeth
    Leinsdorf; Warren, Rysanek, Hines, Bergonzi

  • 4/16/1960 - Puccini: Madama Butterfly
    Mitropoulos; Kirsten, Fernandi, Roggero, Sereni

  • 12/17/1960 - Wagner: Tannh‹user
    Solti; Hopf, Rysanek, Prey, Dalis, Hines

  • 2/4/1961 - Verdi: Il trovatore
    Cleva; Corelli, Price, Sereni, Dalis, Wilderman

  • 3/3/1962 - Verdi: Aida
    Schick; Tucci, Corelli, Dalis, MacNeil, Tozzi

  • 4/7/1962 - Puccini: Tosca
    Adler; Price, Corelli, MacNeil

  • 3/30/1963 - Bellini: La sonnambula
    Varviso; Sutherland, Gedda, Flagello, Scovotti

  • 3/7/1964 - Verdi: Don Carlo
    Adler; Corelli, Rysanek, Herlea, Dalis, Tozzi

  • 12/5/1964 - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
    Varviso; Sutherland, K‹nya, Herlea, Giaiotti

  • 1/9/1965 - Donizetti: Don Pasquale
    Varviso; Corena, Peters, Alva, Guarrera

  • 1/22/1966 - Beethoven: Fidelio
    B‹hm; Nilsson, King, Evans, Edelmann

  • 2/25/1967 - Verdi: Aida
    Schippers; Price, Bergonzi, Bumbry, Merrill, Hines

  • 3/18/1967 - Puccini: Madama Butterfly
    Molinari-Pradelli; Scotto, Shirley, Casei, Bottcher

  • 12/16/1967 - Verdi: Falstaff
    Amaducci; Flagello, Curtin, Guarrera, Barbieri, Raskin

  • 2/24/1968 - Wagner: Die Walk‹re
    Klobucar; Nilsson, Vickers, Rysanek, Stewart, Ludwig

  • 3/2/1968 - Ponchielli: La Gioconda
    Cleva; Tebaldi, Bergonzi, Cossotto, MacNeil, Giaiotti

  • 3/16/1968 - Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore
    Cleva; Peters, Kraus, Sereni, Corena

  • 4/13/1968 - Gounod: Rom_o et Juliette
    Molinari-Pradelli; Gedda, Freni, Macurdy, Baldwin

  • 4/4/1970 - Bellini: Norma
    Bonynge; Sutherland, Bergonzi, Horne, Siepi

  • 2/26/1972 - Gounod: Faust
    Rich; Domingo, Zylis-Gara, Tozzi, Sereni

  • 4/15/1972 - Weber: Der Freisch‹tz
    Ludwig; K‹nya, Lorengar, Feldhoff, Mathis

  • 1/6/1973 - Donizetti: La Fille du r_giment
    Bonynge; Sutherland, Pavarotti, Resnik, Corena

  • 2/10/1973 - Verdi: Rigoletto
    Levine; Wixell, Grist, Pavarotti, Grillo, Macurdy

  • 2/17/1973 - Bellini: Norma
    Cillario; Caball_, Cossotto, Cossutta, Tozzi

  • 4/7/1973 - Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia
    Levine; Prey, Horne, Di Giuseppe, Corena, Tozzi

  • 2/9/1974 - Verdi: Otello
    Levine; Vickers, Te Kanawa, Stewart

  • 4/13/1974 - Mozart: Don Giovanni
    Levine; Milnes, Price, Burrows, Zylis-Gara, Stratas, Berry

  • 4/19/1975 - Rossini: L'assedio di Corinto
    Schippers; Sills, Verrett, D‹az, Theyard

  • 3/6/1976 - Verdi: Aida
    Levine; Price, Domingo, Horne, MacNeil, Giaiotti

  • 3/13/1976 - Bellini: I Puritani
    Bonynge; Sutherland, Pavarotti, Milnes, Morris

  • 12/11/1976 - Massenet: Esclarmonde
    Bonynge; Sutherland, Aragall, Tourangeau, Grant

  • 1/29/1977 - Meyerbeer: Le Prophte
    Lewis; McCracken, Scotto, Horne, Hines

  • 3/12/1977 - Verdi: La forza del destino
    Levine; Price, Domingo, MacNeil, Talvela, Elias

  • 1/27/1979 - Verdi: Luisa Miller
    Levine; Scotto, Domingo, Milnes, Giaiotti, Morris

  • 2/3/1979 - Massenet: Werther
    Bonynge; Kraus, Crespin, Carlson, Battle

  • 3/29/1980 - Puccini: Manon Lescaut
    Levine; Scotto, Domingo, Elvira

  • 3/28/1981 - Verdi: La traviata
    Levine; Cotrubas, Domingo, MacNeil

  • 1/16/1982 - Puccini: La Bohme
    Levine; Stratas, Carreras, Scotto, Stilwell, Morris

  • 1/23/1982 - Verdi: Luisa Miller
    Santi; Ricciarelli, Pavarotti, Nucci, Plishka, Cheek

  • 12/18/1982 - Verdi: Macbeth
    Levine; Milnes, Scotto, Plishka, Jenkins

  • 12/17/1983 - Verdi: Ernani
    Levine; Pavarotti, Mitchell, Milnes, Raimondi

  • 4/7/1984 - Zandonai: Francesca da Rimini
    Levine; Scotto, Domingo, MacNeil

  • 12/29/1984 - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
    Levine; Milnes, Tomowa-Sintow, Moldoveanu, Plishka

  • 12/7/1985 - Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana / Leoncavallo: Pagliacci
    Navarre; Behrens, Moldoveanu / Vickers, Pilou, Milnes

  • 3/21/1987 - Bizet: Carmen
    Levine; Baltsa, Carreras, Cotrubas, Ramey

  • 4/9/1988 - Mozart: CosÐ fan tutte
    Epstein; Te Kanawa, Rendall, Montague, Hagegê‰rd, Hong, Cheek

  • 1/21/1989 - Verdi: Il trovatore
    Levine; Pavarotti, Millo, Milnes, Cossotto, Plishka

  • 3/25/1989 - Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
    Levine; Hynninen, Freni, Hadley, Walker, Sotin

  • 4/29/1989 - Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore
    Panni; Battle, Pavarotti, Quilico, Plishka

  • 3/24/1990 - Mozart: Die Entf‹hrung aus dem Serail
    Levine; Devia, Heilmann, Mills, Magnusson, Moll

  • 2/9/1991 - Mozart: Die Zauberfl‹te
    Levine; Battle, Araiza, Serra, Moll, Hemm

  • 1/18/1992 - Wagner: Der fliegende Holl‹nder
    Conlon; Morris, Behrens, Lakes, Salminen

  • 1/15/1994 - Verdi: I Lombardi
    Levine; Pavarotti, Flanigan, Beccaria, Plishka

  • 1/29/1994 - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
    Santi; Devia, Hadley, Pons, Plishka

  • 2/12/1994 - Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro
    Rudel; Morris, Fleming, McLaughlin, Croft, Bunnell

  • 3/26/1994 - Puccini: La Bohme
    Rizzi; Gheorghiu, Leech, Litherland, Robertson, Short

  • 4/1/1995 - Puccini: Tosca
    Oren; Holleque, Pavarotti, Pons

  • 2/24/1996 - Mozart: CosÐ fan tutte
    Levine; Vaness, Hadley, Mentzer, Croft, Bartoli, Allen

  • 2/15/1997 - Verdi: Un ballo in maschera
    Levine; Voigt, Pavarotti, Pons, Dever, Shin

  • 2/7/1998 - Offenbach: Les Contes D'Hoffmann
    Young; Leech, Dessay, Larmore, Racette, Morris

  • 2/28/1998 - Saint-SaêŠns: Samson et Dalila
    Slatkin; Domingo, Graves, Leiferkus

  • 3/21/1998 - Wagner: Lohengrin
    Levine; Heppner, Voigt, Polaski, Ketelsen, Halfvarson

  • 3/28/1998 - Gounod: Rom_o et Juliette
    de Billy; Alagna, Gheorghiu, Lloyd, Jepson

  • 4/10/1999 - Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades
    Gergiev; Gorchakova, Domingo, S‹derstr‹m, Hvorostovsky, Putilin

  • 12/18/1999 - Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
    Levine; Heppner, Eaglen, Ketelsen, Dalayman, Pape

  • 3/25/2000 - Wagner: Das Rheingold
    Levine; Morris, Schwarz, Wlaschiha, Langridge

  • 4/1/2000 - Wagner: Die Walk‹re
    Levine; Eaglen, Domingo, Voigt, Morris, Schwarz

  • 4/15/2000 - Wagner: Siegfried
    Levine; Andersen, Eaglen, Morris, Svend_n

  • 4/22/2000 - Wagner: G‹tterd‹mmerung
    Levine; Eaglen, Andersen, Held, Radvanovsky, Halfvarson

  • 1/6/2001 - Beethoven: Fidelio
    Levine; Mattila, Heppner, Leiferkus, Pape

  • 4/7/2001 - Wagner: Parsifal
    Levine; Domingo, Urmana, Ketelsen, Wlaschiha, Tomlinson

  • 12/8/2001 - Wagner: Die Meistersinger von N‹rnberg
    Levine; Morris, Mattila, Heppner, Polenzani, Allen

  • 12/29/2001 - Humperdinck: H‹nsel und Gretel
    Mackerras; Larmore, Upshaw, Blythe, Josephson, Forst

  • 4/6/2002 - Verdi: Falstaff
    Levine; Terfel, Mescheriakova, Croft, Blythe, Tilling

  • 2/8/2003 - Bellini: Il Pirata
    Campanella; Fleming, Giordani, Croft

  • 2/15/2003 - Mozart: Don Giovanni
    Cambreling; Mattei, Radvanovsky, Trost, Diener, Netrebko, Furlanetto

  • 12/13/2003 - Halevy: La Juive
    Viotti; Isokoski, Shicoff, Futral, Cutler, Furlanetto

  • 3/6/2004 - Verdi: La traviata
    Gergiev; Fleming, Vargas, Hvorostovsky

  • 4/30/2005 - Gounod: Faust
    Levine; Alagna, Isokoski, Pape, Hvorostovsky

  • 12/17/2005 - Verdi: Rigoletto
    Fisch; Guelfi, Netrebko, Villaz‹n, Herrera, Halfvarson

  • 3/4/2006 - Gounod: Rom_o et Juliette
    de Billy; Vargas, Dessay, Sigmundsson, Goeldner

  • 4/8/2006 - Puccini: Manon
    L‹pez-Cobos; Fleming, Giordano, Chaignaud

  • 4/15/2006 - Donizetti: Don Pasquale
    Benini; Alaimo, Netrebko, Fl‹rez, Kwiecien
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