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Joan Sutherland, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Renée Fleming, Leontyne Price, and Plácido Domingo

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GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET: GREAT MOMENTS AT THE MET: VIEWER'S CHOICE
Premieres in December 2007 on PBS
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Opera's Renée Fleming hosts the special countdown GREAT MOMENTS AT THE MET: VIEWER'S CHOICE, where viewers finally got their chance to call the tune. Marking the 30th anniversary of the Met's first PBS telecast, GREAT PERFORMANCES gave public television viewers a chance to cast online votes for their favorite televised Met Opera moments. The results created the line-up for GREAT MOMENTS AT THE MET: VIEWER'S CHOICE, a dazzling retrospective spanning 30 years of show-stopping performances by opera legends from the Met's extraordinary archives.

Here are the 15 performances that voters chose as their favorites.

1. "O patria mia" from "Aida"
Performer: Leontyne Price
Conductor: James Levine
     Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
     Broadcast Date: 1985

2. "Che gelida manina" from "La Bohème"
Performer: Luciano Pavarotti
Conductor: James Levine
     Composer: Giacomo Puccini
     Broadcast Date: 1977

3. Act III trio from "Der Rosenkavalier"
Performers: Tatiana Troyanos, Kiri Te Kanawa, Judith Blegen
Conductor: James Levine

     Composer: Richard Strauss
     Broadcast Date: 1982

4. "Spargi d'amaro pianto" from "Lucia di Lammermoor"
Performer: Joan Sutherland
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
     Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
     Broadcast Date: 1982

5. "Una furtiva lagrima" from "L'Elisir d'Amore"
Performer: Luciano Pavarotti
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
     Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
     Broadcast Date: 1981

6. Final scene from "Eugene Onegin"
Performers: Renée Fleming, Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Conductor: Valery Gergiev

     Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
     Broadcast Date: 2007

7. "Nessun dorma" from "Turandot"
Performer: Plácido Domingo
Conductor: James Levine
     Composer: Giacomo Puccini
     Broadcast Date: 1987

8. "E lucevan le stelle" from "Tosca"
Performer: Plácido Domingo
Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli
     Composer: Giacomo Puccini
     Broadcast Date: 1985

9. "Dove sono" from "Le Nozze di Figaro"
Performer: Renée Fleming
Conductor: James Levine
     Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
     Broadcast Date: 1998

10. "Quel guardo il cavaliere" from "Don Pasquale"
Performer: Beverly Sills
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
     Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
     Broadcast Date: 1979

11. "La donna è mobile" from "Rigoletto"
Performer: Luciano Pavarotti
Conductor: James Levine
     Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
     Broadcast Date: 1981

12. "Voi che sapete" from "Le Nozze di Figaro"
Performer: Frederica von Stade
Conductor: James Levine
     Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
     Broadcast Date: 1985

13. "O soave fanciulla" from "La Bohème"
Performers: Teresa Stratas, José Carreras
Conductor: James Levine
     Composer: Giacomo Puccini
     Broadcast Date: 1982

14. "Cruda sorte" from "L'Italiana in Algeri"
Performer: Marilyn Horne
Conductor: James Levine
     Composer: Gioacchino Rossini
     Broadcast Date: 1986

15. "Allein! Weh, ganz allein" from "Elektra"
Performer: Birgit Nilsson
Conductor: James Levine
     Composer: Richard Strauss
     Broadcast Date: 1980



PBS and the Met would like to thank all the fans who voted in the online survey for GREAT MOMENTS AT THE MET: VIEWER'S CHOICE. Voting ended at 5 p.m. on October 12, 2007.


Major corporate support for GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET is provided by Toll Brothers.


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Top banner photos: Joan Sutherland in "Lucia di Lammermoor," Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Renée Fleming in "Eugene Onegin," Leontyne Price in "Aida," and Plácido Domingo in "Otello." (photo credits: Metropolitan Opera Archives and Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)


Renée Fleming
photo credit: Ken Howard/The Metropolitan Opera

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The Metropolitan Opera -- Explore the Met Online

The Metropolitan Opera: Family of Websites

Metropolitan Opera Association: Metopera Database

Renée Fleming

Bach Cantatas: Short Biographies: Judith Blegen

José Carreras

Plácido Domingo

Marilyn Horne Foundation

Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Decca Music Group: Birgit Nilsson

Luciano Pavarotti

Afrocentric Voices: Leontyne Price

Beverly Sills

Sony Classical: Teresa Stratas

Decca Music Group: Joan Sutherland

Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation

Tatiana Troyanos Archives

Frederica von Stade

SONY BMG Masterworks: Artists: James Levine

Opera News Online

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