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Lucia Di Lammermoor (Complete)
Lucia Di Lammermoor (Complete)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best sung lucia hands down, July 13, 2003
I am a big opera buff and love all the great divas of my time. I'm talking about Nilsson, Price, Callas and Tebaldi.
I love great singing and I love the theatre.
It is generally agreed that Dame Joan Sutherland is the most famous Lucia of my time. No other sopranos can hold a candle to her. Her high notes are so breathtaking that it makes all other sopranos take up pottery. That, along with her perfect trill, accurate runs and staccato, and that glorious voice is why the Italians call her "La Stupenda".
Here is the what famed Felix Werder's comments in the "Age" regarding Sutherland's celebrated Lucia on one occasion:
"... Lucia is very much a heroine's opera full of prodigious vocal acrobatics, machinegun-like bravura effects and feats of virtuosity and not a few good tunes; in fact it is a score into which only a Sutherland could breathe life. She has a glorious voice which she promenades with easeful fioritura that soars like a lark above the ensemble to produce a heart-rending vocal characteristic of the fragile Lucia..."
To spell it out again, in case you miss what was just said, quote"...only a Sutherland could breathe life. She has a glorious voice which she promenades with easeful fioritura that soars like a lark above the ensemble to produce a heart-rending vocal characteristic of the fragile Lucia...".
Another famous music critic, John Sinclair, in the "Herald" wrote of her Lucia, "...It was for every opera lover in the theatre one of the great operatic experiences of a lifetime..."
Hundreds of critics all over the world consider Sutherland the quintessential Lucia. The diva has sung this role hundreds of times. This 1961 recorded performance is justly famous, though it's overshadowed by the 1971 with Pavarotti, it showcases a younger Sutherland who is even more skillful in coloratura if that's possible.
Cioni is not as good an Edgardo as Pavarotti in Sutherland's later effort. But then you can't have everything. You get a better Dame Joan, and you have to take a slightly lesser tenor.
But you get Robert Merrill, who is the finest baritone of all , and he is thrilling. He takes all the optional highest notes like Sutherland. His famed duet with Lucia is thrilling. But Sutherland throws a big high d natural instead of an E in her later recording and Merrill holds a G.
This is not as popular and famous Lucia as the 1971 Sutherland-Pavarotti, which is the industry standard. But as far as Dame Joan Sutherland goes, she is even much better in this Lucia. I know, if that's possible, and it is. She is the essence of what coloratura singing is all about. In the footsteps of Grisi, Malibran, and Jenny Lind. To be so highly rated since it was released in about 1960 ago speaks volumes for it's contents.
Also it's recorded in the high fidelity. An important point because it's competitor's Sills and Callas are in either mono or poor stereo. I highly recommend this, and I recommend the 1971 Sutherland-Pavarotti-Milnes milestone as well.
To have both would be a great pleasure.
Thank you


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