Metropolitan Opera to Release ‘Leontyne Price at the Met’

By David Salazar

The Metropolitan Opera has announced that it will be releasing “Leontyne Price at the Met.”

The two-CD collection features 34 live recordings of the famed soprano. It will be available for purchase starting on Sept. 18, 2020.

The CD includes tracks from Price’s April 7, 1962 performance of “Tosca” alongside tenor Franco Corelli as conducted by Kurt Adler.

Leonora’s Act four scene from “Il Trovatore” will be included from performances on Feb. 4, 1961, and March 29, 1969; the former was conducted by Fausta Cleva while the latter was led by James McCracken. Other performers on those tracks include Teresa Stratas as Ines and James McCracken as Manrico.

Scenes from her 1962 and 1965 recordings of “Ernani” will also be presented, as will the start of Act three from “Un Ballo in Maschera,” from 1966.

The second disc will include tracks from the Dec. 1966 performance of “Antony and Cleopatra” followed by the 1976 performance of “Aida,” including the Act three duet with Carlo Bergonzi.

The 1974 “Don Giovanni” will feature Price alongside tenor Stuart Burrows, while four different arias from the 1977 and 1972 performances of “La Forza del Destino” will also be included. The CD will conclude with passages from the 1982 Requiem performance and the iconic “O Patria Mia” from the 1985 performance of “Aida.”