Met announce 2013/14. No live Wagner but 25 cd box-set

Written By The Wagnerian on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 | 3:03:00 am

The MET has announced its 2013/2014 season and, we are pleased to say, the return of Levine. Alas however not one bit of Wagner is to be found. But then, this should hardly come as any surprise given that the details were leaked a week ago by parterre.com.

However, tucked away in the announcement is confirmation that the MET will be releasing a 25 cd set entitled: Wagner at the Met. Details below.

The Met will commemorate the bicentennial Wagner with an exclusive box set of historic Met performances, released by Sony Classical. Each set will feature legendary performances from the Met’s archives, most never before officially released and all newly restored and mastered from the original sources. Wagner at the Met, a 25-CD set, will be released March 11 2013 and feature Götterdämmerung starring Lauritz Melchior and Marjorie Lawrence (1936); Melchior and Kirsten Flagstad in Die Walküre (1940), Siegfried (1937), andTristan und Isolde (1938); Lohengrin with Melchior and Astrid Varnay (1943); Der Fliegende Holländer with Hans Hotter and Varnay (1950); Das Rheingold with Hotter (1951); Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg with Paul Schöffler and Victoria de los Angeles (1953); andTannhäuser with Ramón Vinay, Margaret Harshaw, Varnay, George London, and Jerome Hines (1954). Conductors featured in the set include Artur Bodanzky, Erich Leinsdorf, Fritz Reiner, Fritz Stiedry, and George Szell.