Will we ever hear their like again? Hildegard Behrens, Jessye Norman, and Christa Ludwig in a 1989 Met Die Walküre

Hildegard Behrens (Brünnhilde) and James Morris (Wotan)

United StatesUnited States Wagner, Die Walküre: Soloists, Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera House, New York / James Levine (conductor). 8.4.1989 performance reviewed as a Nightly Met Opera Stream on 1.7.2020. (JPr)

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Met’s 1984 La forza celebrates 2020’s Juneteenth though Leontyne Price and Isola Jones’s stellar performances

United StatesUnited States Verdi, La forza del destino: Soloists, Chorus, and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York / James Levine (conductor). 24.3.1984 performance reviewed as a Nightly Met Opera Stream on 20.6.2020. (JPr)

Leontyne Price (Leonora) and Giuseppe Giacomini (Alvaro)

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Lincoln Center honors Pride with a light installation on its iconic plaza

For the first time in its 60+ year history, Lincoln Center is celebrating Pride by illuminating its plaza with a rainbow design and by flying the Rainbow Flag in front of its campus. For the rest of June, the installation acknowledges the histories, struggles and contributions of LGBTQIA+ communities and celebrates the full spectrum of queer identity.

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You will not see and hear their like again: Verrett, Pavarotti, and MacNeil in a 1978 Met Tosca

United StatesUnited States Puccini, Tosca: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York / James Conlon (conductor). Performance of 18.12.1978 and reviewed a Nightly Met Opera Stream on 5.6.2020. (JPr)

Luciano Pavarotti (Cavaradossi) and Shirley Verrett (Tosca)

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The Met’s 2007 Il barbiere di Siviglia proves an escape from our current reality and a couple of hours of bliss

United StatesUnited States Rossini, Il barbiere di Siviglia: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York / Maurizio Benini (conductor). Performance of 24.3.2007 and reviewed as a Nightly Met Opera Stream (MMB)

Peter Mattei (Figaro), Joyce DiDonato (Rosina), & Juan Diego Flórez (Count Almaviva)
(c) Ken Howard/Met Opera

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‘Mein lieber Schwan’: can a 1986 Met Lohengrin teach us anything 34 years later?

United StatesUnited States Wagner, Lohengrin: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York / James Levine (conductor). 10.1.1986 performance from the Metropolitan Opera House reviewed as a Nightly Met Opera Stream on 20.5.2020. (JPr)

Peter Hofmann (Lohengrin), John Macurdy (Henry) & Éva Marton (Elsa)

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The Met’s first live TV broadcast: memories of Pavarotti and Scotto in a 1977 La bohème

United StatesUnited States Puccini, La bohème: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera House, New York / James Levine (conductor). 15.3.1977 performance reviewed as the Viewers’ Choice Nightly Met Opera Stream on 9.5.2020. (JPr)

Renata Scotto (Mimì) and Luciano Pavarotti (Rodolfo) (c) Met Opera Archives

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