Met Opera on Demand--New Releases (March 24, 2016)
Met Music Director James Levine leads a majestic performance of Wagner's early masterpiece Tannhäuser, in last October's Live in HD presentation now available on Met Opera on Demand: Student Access. Johan Botha sings the title role, opposite Eva-Maria Westbroek as Elisabeth, Michelle DeYoung as Venus, and Peter Mattei as Wolfram, in Otto Schenk's classic production.
This month Met Opera on Demand: Student Access marks two artist anniversaries with the new audio-only releases below: the 65th anniversary of Victoria de los Angeles's Met debut on March 17, 1951 and the 25th anniversary of Renée Fleming's Met debut on March 16, 1991:
La Bohème (Puccini): radio broadcast recorded on 3/11/1961, conducted by George Schick and starring Victoria de los Angeles, Heidi Krall, Barry Morell, Lorenzo Testi, and William Wilderman.
Renée Fleming at the Met: a special playlist to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Fleming's debut with the company, offering 20 arias from 15 different operas featuring the soprano in some of her signature roles.