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Joan Sutherland – The Art of the Prima Donna

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The ‘art of the prima donna’ stands out like a shining star in the firmament of virtuoso song repertoire and the world of grand opera. And this double LP pays homage to this cult. It is of little importance that the majority of the divas who are praised in the cover text celebrated their success long before the days of the phonograph and that therefore no recordings of them exist. After all, Joan Sutherland with her wonderfully supple and artistically flexible soprano voice is more than compensation, and she gives us an idea of how these works would have sounded in the salons of the 18th and 19th century.

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Joan Sutherland is wonderfully British in her poised rendering of the opening work, Thomas Arne’s coloratura aria “The Soldier Tir’d”, and in Handel’s jubilatory “Let The Bright Seraphim”. But she earned her honorary title ‘La Stupenda’ by singing Italian repertoire. With utmost ease, agility and remarkable clarity in the top register, her voice gets right to the heart of bel canto. One of the most exquisite and beautiful roles is demonstrated in the demanding aria “Casta Diva” from Bellini’s “Norma”, here sung in the original key. How lucky we are not to have to imagine how this great singer might have sounded, but can listen to her amazing voice over and over again.


Arne Artaxerxes : The Soldier Tir’d
Handel : Let The Bright Seraphim
Bellini : Recit, and Aria Casta Diva
Bellini I Puritani : Polonaise, Son vergin vezzosa
Rossini Semiramide : Bel raggio lusinghier
Bellini I Puritani : Qui la voce
Bellini La Sonnambula : Recit, and Aria, Come per me sereno
Gounod Faust : The Jewel Song
Gounod Romeo et Juliette : The Waltz Song
Verdi Otello : The Willow Song
Mozart Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail : Marten aller Arten
Verdi La Traviata : Ah, fors e lui and Sempre libera
Thomas Hamlet : The Mad Scene
Delibes lakme : The Bell Song
Meyerbeer Les Huguenots : O beau pays
Verdi Rigoletto : Recit. And Aria, Caro nome


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Weight 0.760 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm