Four new Multi-Disc Sets on CD for the First Time
Sony Classical, in partnership with the Metropolitan Opera, continues its hit series of releases drawn from the storied Met archives with four multi-disc sets that represent the first official release on CD of these historic Saturday afternoon radio broadcasts, which date from 1960 to 1972. On May 3, 2011, Sony Classical issues complete live performances – freshly remastered from the original sources – of Beethoven's Fidelio (1960), Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro (1961) and Wagner's Die Walküre (1968) and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (1972).
The four sets feature such vintage vocal greats as Jon Vickers, Birgit Nilsson, Cesare Siepi, Roberta Peters, Leonie Rysanek, Christa Ludwig, Theo Adam and James King – all at the height of their careers. On the podium for these historic broadcasts were such top conductors as Karl Böhm, Erich Leinsdorf and Thomas Schippers.