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Row 1
Christine Nilsson as Marguerite in Faust. Photograph: Mora
Anna Pavlova in The Dying Swan. Photograph: Herman Mishkin
Enrico Caruso as Canio in Pagliacci. Photograph: Aimé Dupont
Kirsten Flagstad and Lauritz Melchior, Tristan und Isolde curtain call
Ezio Pinza as Don Giovanni
Leontyne Price as Aida. Photograph: Louis Mélançon

Row 2
Lily Pons in the title role of Lakmé. Photograph: Carlo Edwards
Helen Traubel as Sieglinde in Die Walküre. Photograph: James Abresch
Igor Stravinsky and Hilde Güden. Photograph: Sedge LeBlang
Enrico Caruso, Emmy Destinn, and Pasquale Amato, World Premiere of La Fanciulla del West. Photograph: White Studio
Regina Resnik, Eleanor Steber, and Rosalind Elias in Vanessa. Photograph: Louis Mélançon

Row 3
Marian Anderson and her mother.
Franco Corelli and Birgit Nilsson in Turandot. Photograph: Louis Mélançon
Dialogues des Carmélites. Photograph: James Heffernan
Plácido Domingo and Renata Tebaldi in Adriana Lecouvreur. Photograph: Louis Mélançon
James Levine and John Dexter. Photograph: Peter Schaaf
Martti Talvela as Boris Godunov. Photograph: Frank Dunand / Metropolitan Opera Guild