[Met Concert/Gala] CID:206150
Gala Farewell. Metropolitan Opera House: 04/16/1966.

(Last performance by the Metropolitan Opera in the opera house at Broadway and 39th Street.)


Metropolitan Opera House
April 16, 1966
Benefit sponsored by the Metropolitan Opera Guild
for the production funds

Final performance by the Metropolitan Opera Company
in the Metropolitan Opera House at Broadway and 39th Street


GALA FAREWELL

Tannhäuser: Entrance of the Guests
Leopold Stokowski, Conductor [Last appearance]


Presentation of Honored Guests
Osie Hawkins, Master of Ceremonies

HONORED GUESTS:

Marian Anderson
Rose Bampton
Giuseppe Bamboschek
Richard Bonelli
Karin Branzell
John Brownlee
Anna Case
Mario Chamlee
Eugene Conley
Richard Crooks
Vilma Georgiou
Hertha Glaz
Nannette Guilford
Frederick Jagel
Helen Jepson
Raoul Jobin
Alexander Kipnis
Charles Kullman
Marjorie Lawrence
Lotte Lehmann
Martha Lipton
Giovanni Martinelli
Edith Mason
Ruth Miller
Nina Morgana
Patrice Munsel
Irra Petina
Lily Pons
Elisabeth Rethberg
Stella Roman
Bidú Sayao
Risë Stevens
Gladys Swarthout


Lucia di Lammermoor: Sextet
Anna Moffo
Carlotta Ordassy
Arturo Sergi
Charles Anthony
Justino Díaz
William Walker

Un Ballo in Maschera: Eri tu
Robert Merrill

Otello: Sě pel ciel
James McCracken
Anselmo Colzani

Don Carlo: Ella giammai m'amň
Cesare Siepi

Conductor...............Francesco Molinari-Pradelli


Louise: Depuis le jour
Dorothy Kirsten

Carmen: Quintet
Regina Resnik
Thelma Votipka [Last appearance]
Marcia Baldwin
Paul Franke
George Cehanovsky [Last appearance]

Madama Butterfly: Un bel dě
Licia Albanese

Conductor...............Max Rudolf


Die Walküre: Winterstürme
Jon Vickers

Der Barbier von Bagdad: Heil diesem Hause
Fernando Corena

Conductor...............George Schick


Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Una voce poco fŕ
Roberta Peters

La Forza del Destino: Non imprecare
Delia Rigal [Last appearance]
Jan Peerce
Giorgio Tozzi

Conductor...............Silvio Varviso


La Gioconda: L'amo come il fulgor del creato!
Régine Crespin
Biserka Cvejic

Il Trovatore: D'amor sull'ali rosee
Leontyne Price

Manon Lescaut: Vieni Colle tue braccia
Renata Tebaldi
Franco Corelli

Conductor...............Fausto Cleva


Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prize song
Sándor Kónya

Götterdämmerung: Immolation Scene
Birgit Nilsson

Conductor...............Joseph Rosenstock


Aida: Act II, Scene 2
Aida....................Mary Curtis-Verna [Last appearance]
Radamčs.................Kurt Baum [Last appearance]
Amneris.................Jean Madeira
Amonasro................Mario Sereni
Ramfis..................John Macurdy
King....................Norman Scott
Dance...................Edith Jerell
Dance...................Patricia Heyes
Dance...................Harry Jones
Dance...................Donald Mahler

Conductor...............Zubin Mehta

Director................Nathaniel Merrill
Designer................Robert O'Hearn
Choreographer...........Katherine Dunham


Cosě Fan Tutte: Farewell Trio
Teresa Stratas
Mildred Miller
Frank Guarrera


Die Zauberflöte: Quintet
Mary Ellen Pracht
Joann Grillo
Gladys Kriese
George Shirley
Theodor Uppman

Conductor...............Erich Leinsdorf


Vanessa: Quintet
Eleanor Steber [Last appearance]
Mignon Dunn
Blanche Thebom
John Alexander
Clifford Harvuot

Conductor...............Kurt Adler


Der Rosenkavalier: Final Trio
Montserrat Caballé
Judith Raskin
Rosalind Elias

Andrea Chénier: Final Duet
Zinka Milanov [Last appearance]
Richard Tucker

Faust: Final Trio
Gabriella Tucci
Nicolai Gedda
Jerome Hines

Conductor...............Georges Prętre

[Following the final number on the program, the entire company returned to the stage to join the audience in singing Auld Lang Syne as a musical farewell to the old Metropolitan Opera House. Note: The Honored Guests, with the exception of Karin Branzell and Gladys Swarthout, who were seated on the parterre level, were seated on stage during the performance]



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