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Joan Sutherland - Legendary Performances

Sutherland,Joan
Release Date: 02/14/2012 
Label:  Bravissimo Opera Library   Catalog #: 9915  
Composer:  Vincenzo BelliniGiacomo MeyerbeerMichael TippettVarious,   ... 
Performer:  Dame Joan SutherlandDino DondiGiuseppe CamporaRaina Kabaivanska,   ... 
Conductor:  Antonino VottoGianandrea GavazzeniJohn PritchardRichard Bonynge,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala OrchestraMilan Teatro alla Scala ChorusRoyal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 15 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“La Stupenda,” as audiences called Joan Sutherland, was for many seasons the most famous dramatic coloratura soprano in the world, adored by audiences and record collectors for her numerous merits. This stunning box set of 15 discs includes a selection of her best performances, including (among other treasures) a live 1961 performance of Bellini rarity Beatrice Di Tenda, Meyerbeer’s brilliant masterpiece Les Huguenots with an all-star cast, and the 1955 broadcast of the world premiere of Tippett’s The Midsummer Marriage—one of the most legendary documents in the history of modern opera!

Featured Artists
Joan Sutherland: soprano

Track Listing
Selections from Bellini, Meyerbeer, Tippett, Haydn,
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Works on This Recording

1. Beatrice di Tenda by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Dino Dondi (Tenor), Giuseppe Campora (Tenor),
Raina Kabaivanska (Soprano), Piero de Palma (Tenor), Walter Gullino (Baritone)
Conductor:  Antonino Votto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Written: 1833 
Date of Recording: 05/10/1961 
Venue:  Live  Milan, Italy 
Language: Italian 
2. Les Huguenots by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano), Giorgio Tozzi (Bass), Wladimiro Ganzarolli (Baritone),
Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass), Manuel Spatafora (Baritone), Piero de Palma (Tenor),
Alfredo Giacomotti (Bass), Antonio Cassinelli (Bass), Walter Gullino (Baritone),
Silvio Maionica (Bass), Franco Corelli (Tenor), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; France 
Date of Recording: 06/07/1962 
Venue:  Live  Milan, Italy 
3. The Midsummer Marriage by Michael Tippett
Performer:  Adele Leigh (Soprano), Otakar Kraus (Baritone), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano),
John Lanigan (Tenor), Monica Sinclair (Alto), Richard Lewis (Tenor),
Edith Coates (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  John Pritchard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; England 
Date of Recording: 01/27/1955 
Venue:  Live  Covent Garden, London, England 
Language: English 
4. Norma by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano), Ivo Vinco (Bass), Charles Craig (Tenor),
Tatiana Zlatar (Mezzo Soprano), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Horacio Mastrango (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buenos Aires Teatro Colón Orchestra,  Buenos Aires Teatro Colón Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1969 
Venue:  Live  Buenos Aires, Argentina 
Length: 140 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5. L'anima del filosofo, H 28 no 13 "Orfeo ed Euridice" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Nicolai Gedda (Tenor), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Mary O'Brien (Soprano),
Spiro Malas (Bass), Simon Gilbert (Bass), Malcolm King (Tenor),
John Graham (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish National Chorus,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1967 
Venue:  Live  Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 112 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6. Rodelinda, HWV 19 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Raimund Herincx (Bass), Margreta Elkins (Mezzo Soprano), Patricia Kern (Mezzo Soprano),
Alfred Hallett (Tenor), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Charles Farncombe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philomusica of London,  Chandos Singers
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; London, England 
Date of Recording: 06/24/1959 
Language: English 
7. Semiramide by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Mario Petri (Bass), Angela Rocco (Mezzo Soprano), Monica Sinclair (Alto),
Ferruccio Mazzoli (Bass), Gino Sinimberghi (Tenor), Ottavio Garaventa (Tenor),
Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Giovanni Gusmeroli (Bass)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome,  Italian Radio Chorus Rome
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/15/1968 
Length: 13 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 La Stupenda Does Not Disappoint April 12, 2012 By joseph b. (New London, CT) See All My Reviews "Living up to her cognomen, Joan Sutherland stars in seven roles in this generously-priced box. The programme includes quite a wide sampling of styles -- from Baroque rarity "Rodelinda" (Handel) to the even more-rare "A Midsummer Night's Marriage" by Michael Tippett. There is also Haydn's version of the chestnut "Orfeo and Eurydice".

Right in Sutherland's sweet-spot, though, are the two Bellini works, "Beatrice di Tenda," and "Norma." Bellini's long vocal lines (spectacularly so, in "Il mio dolore" from "Beatrice") are perfect showcases for Sutherland's golden tone and impressive control. She is slightly more showy for Meyerbeer's "Les Huguenots", but the same "instrumental" beauty is there. Her voice is something like a the high register of a clarinet -- focused, but velvety, clear without ever approaching the nasal.

In all, this is a lavish set, for the price. If the sound quality is a little suspect -- remember, these are mono recordings, from live performances -- we are more than compensated by the quality and power of the performances themselves. "
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 Joan sutherland- Legendary Performances April 10, 2012 By Carol T. (Grass Valley, CA) See All My Reviews "I have only had the chance to hear the first disc so far. The singing is beautiful. Unfortunately the fidelity back in 1950 and 1960s leaves much to be desired. I am anxous to hear the remaining discs." Report Abuse
 "La Stupenda" April 10, 2012 By T Price Zimmermann (Huntersville, NC) See All My Reviews "It is a privilege to have these wonderful recordings of Joan Sutherland in her youthful prime. The fact that they are live, with enthusiastic audience response, makes the experience of listening even more exciting. The supporting casts are in general excellent. A great bargain." Report Abuse
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