Bellini, Donizetti, Handel, Verdi: Opera Arias / Sutherland

Release Date: 6/4/2021
Catalog Number: CC9133
Number of Discs: 2
Length: 114 Minutes

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 The world-renowned soprano Joan Sutherland left her Sydney home for London in 1952, with the ultimate aim of singing Wagner. Contracted to Covent Garden, she felt her future lay in heavy, dramatic roles; and her early assignments there included Amelia in Verdis Un ballo in maschera and the title role in Aida. Soon her breathtaking agility, crystalline staccatos and unique stratospheric purity became evident not least as Jenifer in Tippetts The Midsummer Marriage, followed swiftly by the doll Olympia in Offenbachs Les contes dHoffmann (both 1955). Although increasingly identified with the bel canto repertoire, until her 1959 Covent Garden triumph in Donizettis Lucia di Lammermoor she kept her options open. The title role in Webers Euryanthe was one of several German, lyric roles added to her repertoire during the mid-1950s, alongside Pamina in Mozarts Die Zauberflöte and Eva in Wagners Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. She was also to remain a staunch Handelian throughout her career, recording the title role in Athalia under Christopher Hogwood (Decca) as late as 1986.

Works on This Recording
1. Continuity announcement by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: April Cantelo (Soprano), Bernard Miles (Narrator), Dennis Dowling (Baritone), Fritz Spiegl (Narrator), Hervey Alan (Bass-baritone), Joan Sutherland (Soprano), William Mcalpine (Tenor)
Conductor: John Pritchard
Period: Romantic
Written: 1824 ; Italy
2. Introduction by Fritz Spiegl by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: April Cantelo (Soprano), Bernard Miles (Narrator), Dennis Dowling (Baritone), Fritz Spiegl (Narrator), Hervey Alan (Bass-baritone), Joan Sutherland (Soprano), William Mcalpine (Tenor)
Conductor: John Pritchard
Period: Romantic
Written: 1824 ; Italy
3. Act I: Preludio - Narration by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: April Cantelo (Soprano), Bernard Miles (Narrator), Dennis Dowling (Baritone), Fritz Spiegl (Narrator), Hervey Alan (Bass-baritone), Joan Sutherland (Soprano), William Mcalpine (Tenor)
Conductor: John Pritchard
Period: Romantic
Written: 1824 ; Italy
4. Act I: Fosca nube a noi minaccia? … È passata veramente? (Asdrubale, Chorus) by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: April Cantelo (Soprano), Bernard Miles (Narrator), Dennis Dowling (Baritone), Fritz Spiegl (Narrator), Hervey Alan (Bass-baritone), Joan Sutherland (Soprano), William Mcalpine (Tenor)
Conductor: John Pritchard
Period: Romantic
Written: 1824 ; Italy
5. Act I: Cara, sereno il rai (Villars, Asdrubale, Bettina, Chorus) by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: April Cantelo (Soprano), Bernard Miles (Narrator), Dennis Dowling (Baritone), Fritz Spiegl (Narrator), Hervey Alan (Bass-baritone), Joan Sutherland (Soprano), William Mcalpine (Tenor)
Conductor: John Pritchard
Period: Romantic
Written: 1824 ; Italy
6. Act I: In dura schiavitu (Claudio) by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: April Cantelo (Soprano), Bernard Miles (Narrator), Dennis Dowling (Baritone), Fritz Spiegl (Narrator), Hervey Alan (Bass-baritone), Joan Sutherland (Soprano), William Mcalpine (Tenor)
Conductor: John Pritchard
Period: Romantic
Written: 1824 ; Italy
7. Act I: Aria: Madre! deh placati! … Ah! di contento (Emilia, Candida, Villagers) by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: April Cantelo (Soprano), Bernard Miles (Narrator), Dennis Dowling (Baritone), Fritz Spiegl (Narrator), Hervey Alan (Bass-baritone), Joan Sutherland (Soprano), William Mcalpine (Tenor)
Conductor: John Pritchard
Period: Romantic
Written: 1824 ; Italy
8. Act I: Duet: Che sia desso! Oh sventurata! (Emilia, Asdrubale) by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: April Cantelo (Soprano), Bernard Miles (Narrator), Dennis Dowling (Baritone), Fritz Spiegl (Narrator), Hervey Alan (Bass-baritone), Joan Sutherland (Soprano), William Mcalpine (Tenor)
Conductor: John Pritchard
Period: Romantic
Written: 1824 ; Italy
9. Act I: Giusto Ciel! Chi vedo! Oh Dio! (Emilia, Bettina, Villars, Asdrubale, Claudio) by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: April Cantelo (Soprano), Bernard Miles (Narrator), Dennis Dowling (Baritone), Fritz Spiegl (Narrator), Hervey Alan (Bass-baritone), Joan Sutherland (Soprano), William Mcalpine (Tenor)
Conductor: John Pritchard
Period: Romantic
Written: 1824 ; Italy
10. Act I: Vive el padre? Taci, oh Dio! … Deh! ti consoli, o figlia' (Emilia, Claudio) by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: April Cantelo (Soprano), Bernard Miles (Narrator), Dennis Dowling (Baritone), Fritz Spiegl (Narrator), Hervey Alan (Bass-baritone), Joan Sutherland (Soprano), William Mcalpine (Tenor)
Conductor: John Pritchard
Period: Romantic
Written: 1824 ; Italy
11. Act II: Nel campo del valore … Per te son misero (Claudio, Villars) by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: April Cantelo (Soprano), Bernard Miles (Narrator), Dennis Dowling (Baritone), Fritz Spiegl (Narrator), Hervey Alan (Bass-baritone), Joan Sutherland (Soprano), William Mcalpine (Tenor)
Conductor: John Pritchard
Period: Romantic
Written: 1824 ; Italy
12. Act II: Finale: Confusa e l'alma mia … Non intende il mio contento (Emilia, All) by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: April Cantelo (Soprano), Bernard Miles (Narrator), Dennis Dowling (Baritone), Fritz Spiegl (Narrator), Hervey Alan (Bass-baritone), Joan Sutherland (Soprano), William Mcalpine (Tenor)
Conductor: John Pritchard
Period: Romantic
Written: 1824 ; Italy
13. Lucia di Lammermoor, Act I: Regnava nel silenzio … Quando rapito in estasi by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor: George Hurst
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1835 ; Italy
14. I vespri siciliani, Act V: Mercè dilette amiche by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor: George Hurst
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1855 ;
15. Act I: Aria: Di', cor mio, quanto t'amai by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor: Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: 1735 ; London, England
16. Act I: Tornami a vagheggiar by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor: Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: 1735 ; London, England
17. Lucia di Lammermoor, Act I: Regnava nel silenzio … Quando rapito in estasi by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor: Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1835 ; Italy
18. Act III: Mad Scene (part 1) by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Period: Romantic
Written: 1835 ; Italy
19. Act III: Mad Scene (part 2) by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Period: Romantic
Written: 1835 ; Italy
20. I puritani, Act II: O rendetemi la speme … Qui la voce sua soave … Vien, diletto by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer: Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor: Basil Cameron
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1835 ; Italy
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