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Great Performances at The Metropolitan Opera: Tosca, April 7, 1962

album cover for Sony's release of the Metropolitan Opera's 1962 broadcast of Puccini's Tosca
Sony Classical has released a live recording of the April 7, 1962 broadcast of the Met's production of Puccini's Tosca.
11:09AM
May 6, 2011

Sony Classical continues their release of classic Metropolitan Opera broadcasts with a 1962 Met production of Puccini’s ‘Tosca’ with Leontyne Price in the title role.

Remembering Renata Tebaldi on Her Birthday

Renata Tebaldi and Tullio Farabola.
Italian soprano Renata Tebaldi with Italian photojournalist Tullio Farabola.
2:28PM
February 1, 2011

Italian soprano Renata Tebaldi starred in many of Giacomo Puccini’s operas, including La Boheme. Here her sing her heart out as Mimi alongside Swedish tenor Jussi Bjorling.

Double-Barreled Double Bill: La Fanciulla del West and True Grit

Deborah Voigt as Minnie in Puccini's
Deborah Voigt as Minnie in Puccini's "La Fanciulla del West" at the Metropolitan Opera.
11:08AM
January
18, 2011

After watching the Met’s live HD transmission of Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West, I wondered what would happen if I put it and the new True Grit in a bag together, so to speak, and let nature take its course.

Giacomo Puccini’s Opera about “The Girl of the West”

A scene from Act I of Puccini's "La Fanciulla del West" (The Girl of the Golden West) with Marcello Giordani as Dick Johnson and Deborah Voigt as Minnie (dancing) and Lucio Gallo (seated) as Jack Rance. Taken during the rehearsal on December 3, 2010 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.
12:28PM
January
13, 2011

Reviews from Metropolitan Opera’s HD performance of “La Fanciulla del West.”

Giacomo Puccini’s Opera, ‘Girl of the West,’ Turns 100

Deborah Voight holding a gun to Lucio Gallo in a performance of
Deborah Voigt as Minnie and Lucio Gallo as Jack Rance in a Metropolitan Opera performance of Giacomo Puccini's "La Fanciulla del West" (The Girl of the Golden West). Taken during the rehearsal on December 1, 2010 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.
3:55PM
December
3, 2010

Giacomo Puccini’s more famous opera, “La fanciulla del West” (Girl of the West) about the gold rush of 1849 is a century old.

Turandot and the Three Riddles

Maria Guleghina and Marcello Giordani in Turandot
Maria Guleghina and Marcello Giordani in Turandot
4:47PM
October
30, 2009

The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot is presented live in HD from the Met on Saturday, Novemver 7 at 1 PM.

Tosca at the Movies: Metropolitan Opera Live

Karita Mattlila and Marcelo Alvarez in Puccini's Tosca
A Scene from Puccini's Tosca, starring Karita Mattlila and Marcelo Alvarez
10:10AM
October
5, 2009

The new season of live HD presentations from the Met begins this Saturday at 1pm with the controversial new staging of Puccini’s Tosca, starring Karita Mattlila and Marcelo Alvarez.

A Love Letter to the B. F. Keith Memorial Theatre in Boston

Interior of the B.F. Keith Memorial Theatre, Boston.
B. F. Keith's, where rats and sopranos fought for stage time
9:53AM
June
17, 2009

Christopher Purdy Waxes Nostalgic about B. F. Keith’s Memorial Theatre in Boston

Which Puccini? It’s a Nice Quandary

Giacomo Puccini
Puccini’s Le Villi is seldom performed and the composer himself didn’t mention it much.
11:17AM
May
13, 2009

In planning a broadcast of Opera Columbus’s recent production of Puccini’s Turandot, I found myself with about ninety minutes of leftover air time.