The Inaugural Season: Extraordinary Met Performances from 1966–67 (22 CD Box Set)

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The Inaugural Season: Extraordinary Met Performances from 1966–67
(22 CD Box Set)

New 50th-Anniversary Box Set
A milestone 22 CD set, featuring ten complete operas from the Met’s first season at Lincoln Center.

On September 16, 1966, the new Metropolitan Opera House opened in Lincoln Center with the world premiere of Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra, with Leontyne Price and Justino Díaz in the title roles. That first season in the Met’s new home not only ushered in a new age of theatrical possibility, it also featured an embarrassment of vocal riches, with such incomparable artists as Birgit Nilsson and Franco Corelli facing off in an unforgettable Turandot; Joan Sutherland delivering a Lucia di Lammermoor mad scene for the ages; and Jon Vickers making a historic role debut in Peter Grimes. Now, ten performances from that inaugural season—plus a bonus CD of additional highlights—have been collected and remastered in this essential milestone set, also featuring such legends as Grace Bumbry, Mirella Freni, Christa Ludwig, Anna Moffo, Roberta Peters, Leonie Rysanek, Renata Tebaldi, Carlo Bergonzi, Robert Merrill, and Richard Tucker, among others.

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Barber: Antony and Cleopatra
Schippers; Price, Díaz, Thomas

Puccini: Turandot
Mehta; Nilsson, Corelli, Freni, Giaiotti

R. Strauss: Die Frau Ohne Schatten
Böhm; Rysanek, Ludwig, Dalis, King, Berry

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
Bonynge; Sutherland, Tucker, Colzani, Ghiuselev

Britten: Peter Grimes
Davis; Vickers, Amara, Evans

Verdi: Aida
Schippers; Price, Bergonzi, Bumbry, Merrill

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte
Krips; Raskin, Peters, Shirley, Uppman, Macurdy

Verdi: Otello
Mehta; McCracken, Caballé, Gobbi

Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Molinari-Pradelli; Scotto, Casei, Shirley, Bottcher

Verdi: Rigoletto
Gardelli; MacNeil, Peters, Gedda, Giaiotti

BONUS DISC:
Highlights of the Met’s 1966–67 Season
 

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