Metropolitan Opera Centennial Gala 1983

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  1. JohnOPR

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    In 1983, the Metropolitan Opera in New York City held a gala event, celebrating its first 100 years. Many of the world's finest singers participated. Fortunately, about four hours of it was documented and transferred to VHS, then to DVD. I recently managed to get a copy of the DVD via Netflix; but, alas, there was no written program and the disc itself doesn't identify the performers. I know it's really a long shot, but I thought that there might be someone out there who could list, in order, the male and female singers as they appeared on the DVD. Same with the conductors, although Levine and Bernstein are very well known.

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  2. Mitch Kaufman

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    I'm sorry not to have the laserdisc handy to supply you with the exact items on the disc (a lot of the Gala was omitted), but thanks to the Met Database, here's a guide to the entire 8-hour Gala (Parts I and II):

    Metropolitan Opera House
    October 22, 1983 Matinee, Broadcast / Telecast

    Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Metropolitan Opera


    CENTENNIAL GALA I

    Scenery for Les Mamelles de Tiresias
    designed by David Hockney


    Greeting
    Anthony A. Bliss

    The Bartered Bride: Overture

    Turandot: In questa reggia
    Eva Marton

    Die Walküre: Act I Duet
    Jessye Norman
    Jess Thomas [Last appearance]

    Le Nozze di Figaro: Dove sono
    Kiri Te Kanawa

    Carmen: Quintet
    Isola Jones
    Shirley Love
    Louise Wohlafka
    Charles Anthony
    James Courtney

    Otello: Dio mi potevi
    James McCracken

    Porgy and Bess: Bess you is my woman now
    Evelyn Lear
    Thomas Stewart

    Carmen: Habañera
    Régine Crespin

    Conductor...............James Levine


    Il Barbiere di Siviglia: La calunnia
    Ruggero Raimondi

    Lucia di Lammermoor: Sextet
    Roberta Peters
    Loretta Di Franco
    Dano Raffanti
    Robert Nagy
    Brian Schexnayder
    Julien Robbins

    Man of La Mancha: Medley
    James Morris

    Semiramide: Bel raggio lusinghier
    Joan Sutherland

    Conductor...............Richard Bonynge


    Scenery for Arabella Act II
    designed by Günther Schneider-Siemssen


    Iris: Hymn of the Sun
    Metropolitan Opera Chorus

    Conductor...............David Stivender

    Der Rosenkavalier: Presentation of the Rose
    Judith Blegen
    Frederica von Stade

    Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny: When the sky grows brighter
    Richard Cassilly

    Die Zauberflöte: Papagena-Papageno Duet
    Betsy Norden
    Christian Boesch

    Roméo et Juliette: Nuit d'hyménée
    Catherine Malfitano
    Alfredo Kraus

    Conductor...............Jeffrey Tate


    L'Elisir d'Amore: Una furtiva lagrima
    Nicolai Gedda

    Falstaff: Reverenza
    Bianca Berini [Last appearance]
    Louis Quilico

    Ernani: Ernani, involami
    Anna Tomowa-Sintow

    Der Rosenkavalier: Final Trio
    Kathleen Battle
    Elisabeth Söderström
    Frederica von Stade

    Otello: Love Duet
    Mirella Freni
    Plácido Domingo

    Conductor...............James Levine

    Lighting designer.......Gil Wechsler

    Gala coordinated by Charles Riecker


    CENTENNIAL GALA II

    Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3

    Conductor...............Leonard Bernstein [Last appearance]


    Scenery for Act II of La Bohème
    designed by Franco Zeffirelli


    Andrea Chénier: Final Duet
    Montserrat Caballé
    José Carreras

    Eugene Onegin: Prince Gremin's Aria
    Paul Plishka

    La Fanciulla del West: Ch'ella mi creda
    Giuseppe Giacomini

    Conductor...............James Levine


    Don Giovanni: Là ci darem la mano
    Myra Merritt
    John Cheek

    La Bohème: O Mimì tu più non torni
    Gösta Winbergh
    Vernon Hartman

    L'Enfant Prodigue: Air de Lia
    Ileana Cotrubas

    Lakmé: Viens Mallika
    Mariella Devia
    Jean Kraft

    Don Pasquale: Signorina in tanta fretta
    Barbara Daniels
    Italo Tajo

    Conductor...............John Pritchard


    Der Fliegende Holländer: Wie aus der Ferne
    Carol Neblett
    Simon Estes

    Andrea Chénier: Ebbene Donnina innamorata; Nemico della patria
    Andrea Velis
    Cornell MacNeil

    Aida: Fu la sorte
    Martina Arroyo
    Mignon Dunn

    Samson et Dalila: Bacchanale
    Linda Gelinas
    Ricardo Costa
    Metropolitan Opera Ballet
    Choreography by Zachary Solov
    Scenery by Robert O'Hearn

    Conductor...............James Levine


    Don Carlo: Act I Duet
    Ermanno Mauro
    Pablo Elvira

    Maytime: Sweethearts
    Anna Moffo [Last appearance]
    Robert Merrill [Last appearance]

    Vanessa: Quintet
    Johanna Meier
    Rosalind Elias
    Regina Resnik [Last appearance]
    John Alexander
    John Macurdy

    La Bohème: Vecchia zimarra
    Jerome Hines

    La Gioconda: L'amo come il fulgor del creato!
    Lucine Amara
    Bianca Berini [Last Appearance]

    Nabucco: Donna chi sei
    Grace Bumbry
    Renato Bruson

    Conductor: Thomas Fulton


    Scenery for the final scene of Die Zauberflöte
    designed by Marc Chagall


    Presentation of Honored Guests
    Osie Hawkins, Master of Ceremonies

    HONORED GUESTS

    Rose Bampton
    Erna Berger
    Kitty Carlisle
    Helen Jepson
    Dorothy Kirsten
    Brenda Lewis
    Martha Lipton
    Zinka Milanov
    Patrice Munsel
    Jarmila Novotna
    Nell Rankin
    Delia Rigal
    Margaret Roggero
    Stella Roman
    Bidú Sayao
    Eleanor Steber
    Risë Stevens

    Lorenzo Alvary
    Gabor Carelli
    Walter Cassel
    Ferruccio Tagliavini
    George Shirley
    Theodor Uppman
    Cesare Valletti
    Ramon Vinay


    Faust: Final Trio
    Katia Ricciarelli
    William Lewis
    Nicolai Ghiaurov

    Madama Butterfly: Love Duet
    Leona Mitchell
    Giuliano Ciannella

    Rienzi: Allmächt'ger Vater
    Timothy Jenkins

    L'Italiana in Algeri: Act I Finale
    Diane Kesling
    Edda Moser
    Gail Dubinbaum
    David Rendall
    John Darrenkamp
    Sesto Bruscantini [Last appearance]
    Ara Berberian

    Les Contes d'Hoffmann: Va pour Kleinzach
    Neil Shicoff
    Michael Best
    Metropolitan Opera Chorus

    Samson et Dalila: Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix
    Marilyn Horne

    Tristan und Isolde: Narrative and Curse
    Lillijebjorn: I remember when I was seventeen [Encore]
    Birgit Nilsson [Last appearance]

    Un Ballo in Maschera: Teco io sto
    Leontyne Price
    Luciano Pavarotti

    Conductor...............James Levine


    Happy Birthday
    Entire Company of Centennial Galas I and II

    Gala coordinated by Charles Riecker
     

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