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Plácido Domingo At The Met Box set
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Sony Classical is proud to announce the release of Domingo at the MET, a 3-CD anniversary set with many previously unreleased live recordings celebrating Plácido Domingo’s 45th season at the Metropolitan Opera.About Domingo at the MET
There have been many legendary tenors who have performed at the Met over its 130-year history. From Jean de Reszke in the late 1800s to Enrico Caruso in the early 1900s, from Corelli, Vickers, and McCracken in the 1960s to Luciano Pavarotti, who rose to prominence in the 1970s, the Met has been home to a remarkable array of tenors. But no other tenor in Met history has enjoyed a career of such astounding breadth, longevity, and musical and dramatic excellence, as Plácido Domingo.
Forty-five years ago, Plácido appeared on the Met stage for the first time, stepping in to replace an ailing Franco Corelli as Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur and announcing his arrival as a major new talent. Today, he’s still performing on our stage, having triumphed last season in the baritone role of Germont in La Traviata, and this year reprising his acclaimed turn as Neptune in the Met’s Baroque pastiche The Enchanted Island—one of his astounding 143 roles, of which he’s sung 48 at the Met. I can’t think of any other artist in the history of opera who would be capable of accomplishing such a feat.
Somehow, in the midst of learning new operas and performing, Plácido also finds time to run the Los Angeles Opera and to conduct all over the world. For 45 years at the Met, Plácido has been one of opera’s greatest forces. We’re proud and thankful for all of the invaluable contributions he has made to the life of our company, and we congratulate him on this stunning new collection.
Top Customer Reviews
Given the depth and range of Mr Domingo's repertoire and his length of career, choosing the items for a 3-CD set from any of the major opera houses is bound to require some very tough decisions! Bearing this in mind, what follows is an observation rather than a complaint. I would have loved a Mozart item in this set as I retain to this day wonderful memories of a Domingo performance of Idomeneo at the Met in October 2001.
A final and fitting note - Amazon had been informing me for several weeks that this order would be delivered to me on 24 March 2014. In the event, there was a knock on my door the previous day and a courier delivered it to me by hand, on SUNDAY the 23rd!
The sound is overall excellent, with depth and a good balance between voice and orchestra, the brass coming over particularly well even on my small external computer speakers. There is no audience noise, and the applause is faded out after around six seconds - on occasions not included at all.
There is a mini booklet included, with full track listings giving performance dates, conductor and any accompanying singers; one or two photos of Domingo in costume for some of the featured performances; and a full list of all his Met appearances.
I am hugely pleased I decided to try this set, and I give it a hearty recommendation to any Domingo lover reading this. I doubt you will be disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic live recordings. Great sound. Generously filled discs. Domingo doesn't need recommending.Published 11 months ago by Matthew Jackson