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The Only Anna Bolena
on November 6, 2015
If you have to have just one Anna Bolena - or, indeed any Anna Bolena, this is the one to have, hands down, no contest. Sills is absolutely astounding as Anna. Recorded in 1973, this edition captured Sills in her peak years. The rest of the cast is quite splendid too, being a who's who of top singers from that period. And let's not forget the conductor here, the estimable, and much underrated Julius Rudel, for many years the music director here in NYC of the now, mostly defunct (sadly), NYC Opera - the once worthy rival of The Met, across the plaza at Lincoln Center. Rudel, who worked well with singers and was a master at holding an opera together and keeping it moving right along, was a long time colleague of Sills at NYC Opera, and made many fine recordings with her too. The LSO and the John Alldis Chorus do their usual, lovely work here.
Excellent stereo sound with good balancing of singers,orchestra and chorus. A128 page booklet with the complete libretto (Italian & English), copious notes and artists' bios is included with this edition.