Notes and Editorial Reviews
There were more of Anna Russell’s operatic send-ups than her classic take on Wagner’s Ring, but none of them appeared on her three Columbia (Sony) albums. Here we have two of the funniest, live from the opening season of the Sidney Opera House in 1973: Nabucco and The Magic Flute. Russell’s many fans will need no urging from me to grab this VAI CD. For those unfamiliar with Russell’s particular brand of comedy, in which her delivery is just as hilarious as what she actually says, [listen to] her description of the first Queen of the Night aria from Mozart’s Magic Flute.
As for the rest, you also get an introduction in which she makes several pointed remarks about the architectural design of the new Sydney Opera House that are
well worth hearing. The sound is quite good, the audience appreciative. Their laughter indicates pretty clearly that we are also missing a certain visual element (if you’ve seen Russell’s DVDs, then you know all about her on-stage “business”), but we’re lucky to have these two essential examples of her inimitable art.
-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
Works on This Recording
Nabucco: Excerpt(s) by Giuseppe Verdi
Anna Russell (Voice)
Written: 1842; Italy
Date of Recording: 1973
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