ALL AVAILABLE JANUARY 25, 2011
Sony Classical, in partnership with the Metropolitan Opera, proudly presents the first in a line of CD and DVD releases drawn from both the storied Met broadcast archive and the acclaimed series "The Met: Live in HD." On January 25, 2011, Sony Classical issues four multi-disc sets that represent the first official release on CD of historic Saturday afternoon radio broadcasts from 1947 to 1962, with complete live opera performances freshly remastered from the original sources. All-star vocal greats like Licia Albanese, Carlo Bergonzi, Jussi Björling, Franco Corelli, Giuseppe di Stefano, Lily Pons, Leontyne Price, and Bidù Sayão at the height of their careers. Also on January 25, Sony Classical releases four DVDs capturing some of the most acclaimed and requested recent productions from the award-winning, groundbreaking series "The Met: Live in HD": Puccini's Madama Butterfly, John Adams' Doctor Atomic, Verdi's Simon Boccanegra, and Richard Strauss's Salome, each featuring some of today's top opera talents, including Plácido Domingo, Karita Mattila, Patricia Racette, and Gerald Finley.
“Opera lovers should be very pleased to have these historic gems available, as well as some of our most recent high definition transmissions,” said Peter Gelb, the Met’s General Manager. “We are committed to serving our public with the greatest possible range of operatic artistry.”
Bogdan Roscic, President of Sony Classical said: "The Met broadcast archive is one of the ultimate treasure troves of recorded music. We're happy to be able to make some of its most legendary tapes available for the first time in the way they should be presented. Today, the Met's work of course gets preserved in a much different way, and so we also look forward to releasing some of the most spectacular recent productions in glorious HD video."
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