At last! A brand new Pavarotti release with only unreleased material! This DVD of Pavarotti in Giordano’s opera Andrea Chénier has never been released before (well, at least not officially …). Now it’s out on Decca DVD. The DVD is from one or several performances at the Metropolitan Opera House in 1996 with James Levine conducting the Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra. According to my sources this DVD is from the performance on 15 October 1996, but material from other performances that season may have been added to improve the video recording. The video was broadcast on tv in the US on 23 April 1997 and is probably the basis for this DVD. More unreleased televised performances with Pavarotti from the Metropolitan Opera will hopefully soon surface on DVD. Here is a clip from the DVD with Pavarotti and Maria Guleghina in the duet “Vicino a te”.