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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor / Pons, Tucker, Cleva, Metropolitan Opera Association

Release Date: 10/06/2017 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 88985470392  
Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Norman ScottJames McCrackenLily PonsFrank Guarrera,   ... 
Conductor:  Fausto Cleva
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Association OrchestraMetropolitan Opera Association Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sony Classical is delighted to offer lovers of singing another ten complete recordings from the RCA Red Seal, CBS/Sony Classical and Eurodisc catalogues. The latest instalment of this wide-ranging series not only features some of the greatest voices of the last century but also spotlights once popular works that have been unduly neglected in recent times. “Neglected” doesn’t apply to the oldest recording here, presenting a repertoire cornerstone of the Italian repertoire – Donizetti’s coloratura showcase Lucia di Lammermoor. At the Met, the title role was long associated with the delightful French soprano Lily Pons, who made her house debut as Lucia in 1931 and reigned over New York until her farewell stage appearance 28 seasons later, Read more again as Lucia. She only recorded the part once, in 1954, opposite tenor Richard Tucker and with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra conducted by Fausto Cleva. That famous set, sounding better than ever, is now available on CD for the first time, remastered from the original analogue tapes. Read less

Works on This Recording

Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Norman Scott (Bass), James McCracken (Tenor), Lily Pons (Soprano),
Frank Guarrera (Baritone), Richard Tucker (Tenor), Thelma Votipka (Mezzo Soprano),
Thomas Hayward (Tenor)
Conductor:  Fausto Cleva
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Association Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Association Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 Good example of a typical performance at the old  December 8, 2017 By Charles W. (Tyler, TX) See All My Reviews "I have not listed to this recording so I really can't comment on the quality of the performance. It would make a nice souvenir for someone who a wanted to know what the "old Met was like in the 1950'a. Pons was a favorite house Lucia and all the rest were excellent house singers throughout the 1950's and 1960's Probably not great or authentic bel canto Lucia by modern standards, but probably worth a listen." Report Abuse
 A Legendary "Lucia" November 29, 2017 By Richard K. (Los Angeles, CA) See All My Reviews "I have loved the voice of Lily Pons since I was about ten years old. She became a personal friend for some 30 years and I shared time with her at her Palm Springs home. I was given the vinyl records of this opera for my 21st birthday. What a joy to see that Arkiv offered a remastering in the CD version. I saw Lily in this role when the Met Opera presented it on their 1954 tour in Minneapolis. Of all of the Lucia's available, Pons is still my favorite. I loved her sparkling voice and her wonderful, loving pesonality. Thank you again Arkiv!" Report Abuse
 Bad Lucia November 4, 2017 By r. rocco seeno (Palm Desert, CA) See All My Reviews "This is an awful recording of a great opera. Lily Pons is not a good Lucia. Her voice not suited to this role. The rest of the cast is okay and probably recorded this as a contractual obligation. No othelr reason for this very poor performance. Stay away from this one as there are many other worthy and great choices." Report Abuse
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