Benvenuto Cellini
by Hector Berlioz
The Metropolitan Opera has scheduled performances of Benvenuto Cellini for the dates of December 4, 8, 12, 15, 18, 24, and  27 (matinee), 2003, and  January 1, 2004.  The December 4 peformance will be the Met's premiere performance of the opera.

The announced cast for the run of performances includes:  Isabel Bayrakdarian, Kristine Jepson/Katharine Goeldner,
Marcello Giordani/Jianyi Zhang, Alan Opie/Peter Coleman-Wright, John Del Carlo/Richard Bernstein, Robert Lloyd/Eric Halfvarson.  James Levine is scheduled to conduct.
The recording of Benvenuto Cellini with Nicolai Gedda conducted by Sir Colin Davis was re-released in the United States on April 8, 2003.  It can be ordered from amazon.com.
I have listened three times to the Opera d'Oro recording with Franco Bonisolli and Teresa Zylis-Gara, and was quite happy with it.
Opera d'Oro recording at amazon.com
Benvenuto Cellini
Opera d'Oro
ArkivMusic
Benvenuto Cellini, Opera d'Oro CD, amazon.co.uk
Berlioz : Benvenuto Cellini. Ozawa, Bonisolli, CD Opera d'Oro, amazon.fr
Benvenuto Cellini recordings at gemm.com
BOOK

A translation of the autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini can be ordered from
amazon.com.