The gala marked the 50th anniversary of Freni's operatic debut and the 40th anniversary of her Met debut.
Among the singers on the program were Freni, Frederica von Stade, Marcello Giordani, Salvatore Licitra, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Robert Lloyd, and James Morris. The repertoire included arias and ensembles from operas by Cila, Thomas, Ponchielli, Boito, Giordano, and Alfano, as well as the complete third act of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. James Levine was the conductor.
Photos copyright 2005 by Caroline P. Digonis.