1. Suicidio!-Maria Callas (soprano); RAI Symphony Orchestra of Turin
2. La Gioconda-Zinka Milanov (soprano); Rosalind Elias (mezzo-soprano); Belen Amparan (contralto); Giuseppe di Stefano (tenor); Leonard Warren (baritone); Plinio Clabassi (bass); Fernando Valentini (bass); Santa Cecilia Orchestra & Chorus.
3. Cielo e Mar-Jussi Bjorling; Nils Grevilius (conductor); Met Opera Orchestra.
The theme of the evening has been freedom, its processes and struggles and joys, whether iterated in the poetry-music of Scriabin and Beethoven or in the great escape from darkness and injustice that is Fidelio, Beethoven's only opera. The centerpiece of the show was Fidelio, flanked by choral preludes that speak of related themes, and two postludes, overatures that Beethoven ended up not using in the final version of his opera (which was revised and revised multiple times between 1804 and 1814).
A new tradition! A historic broadcast of Richard Wagner's Parsifal over Good Friday weekend.
A live 1960 performance from La Scala featuring: Rita Gorr (mezzo-soprano); Sandor Konya (tenor); Gustav Neidlinger (bass-baritone); Georg Stern (bass-baritone); Boris Christoff (bass); Andre Cluytens (conductor); La Scala Orchestra & Chorus.
Ich Sah Das Kind-Martha Modl (soprano); Ferdinand Leitner (conductor); Paris Opera Orchestra.
Grausamer!-Waltraud Meier (mezzo-soprano); Lorin Maazel (conductor); Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.