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The riveting singing actress Julia Migenes stars in the title role of this Live from the Met telecast, in a production by the great John Dexter that the Times called the year s major operatic event. The cast also features Franz Mazura, Evelyn Lear and Kenneth Riegel.
Long a champion of this groundbreaking work, Music Director James Levine, the driving force behind Lulu's highly anticipated Met premiere, conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
Taken from the December 20, 1980 live performance.
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"Alban Berg's Lulu has finally made it to the Metropolitan Opera declared The New York Times when this production premiered in 1977. [And filmed in 1980]. This Lulu is an experience that all adventurous music lovers will want to sample. Met Music Director James Levine long a champion of this ground breaking work, was the driving artistic force behind Lulu's highly anticipated Met premiere. The riveting singing actress Julia Magenes stars in the title role of this 1980 Lulu from the Met telecast, in a production by the great John Dexter that the Times called "the year's major operatic event." ...
This is one of the greatest telecasts in MET history. Everybody is excellent. Some of you may not know that Stratas cancelled that afternoon and the three-month pregnant Migenes and her husband just came back home from Christmas shopping when she got word. They rushed to the MET and made it just in time for the curtain. This was revealed in a SIXTY MINUTES interview.
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James Levine is in top form with the orchestra and I really liked the video work in filming the orchestra.
The biggest minus, I think, is the video quality, which seems grainy and faded with age in color . This takes away from the quality of the costumes and the set design. Sound quality was good, though I've heard better in later digital DVDs of this work.