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Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra - Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur (2006)

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Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra - Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur (2006)

Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra - Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur (2006)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 140 min | 5,47 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Opus Arte | Sub: English | Recorded: 1984

Francesco Cilea’s most popular work is based on the 1849 play by Eugene Scribe and Ernest Legouvé. Adriana Lecouvreur is a star of the stage who could seemingly have any man she desires, but when she falls hopelessly in love with the Count of Saxony, she discovers he's already been promised to the Princess of Bouillon, leading to a battle of wills between them. Filmed in 1984 at Sydney Opera House.

Raymond Leppard, The Covent Garden Orchestra and Opera Chorus - George Frideric Handel: Samson (2010)

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Raymond Leppard, The Covent Garden Orchestra and Opera Chorus - George Frideric Handel: Samson (2010)

Raymond Leppard, The Covent Garden Orchestra and Opera Chorus, Jon Vickers, Joan Carlyle, Joan Sutherland - George Frideric Handel: Samson (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 281 Mb | Total time: 128:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Andromeda | # ANDRCD 9070 | Recorded: 1959

It seems incredible that a singer of Heldentenor quality like Vickers could sing so stylishly in Handel, with elaborate divisions perfectly executed. Not only that, his portrayal of Samson is deeply moving, thanks to vocal acting over as wide tonal and dynamic range.

Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra - Gaetano Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia (2006)

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Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra - Gaetano Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia (2006)

Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra - Gaetano Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia (2006)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 140 min | 6,42 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Opus Arte | Sub: English | Recorded: 1977

Lucrezia Borgia is a lyrical masterly example of Donizetti's art that delights the ear endlessly… Sutherland made the low key arias breathtaking vehicles for the most ravishing singing one is likely to hear on any opera stage in the world.

Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra - Gaetano Donizetti: La Fille du Regiment (2006)

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Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra - Gaetano Donizetti: La Fille du Regiment (2006)

Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra - Gaetano Donizetti: La Fille du Régiment (2006)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 119 min | 6,06 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Opus Arte | Sub: English | Recorded: 1986

Marie, found abandoned as a baby on the battlefield, was adopted and raised by soldiers. She is the darling of the regiment. When the Marquise of Berkenfield tells the Sergeant that Marie is actually her niece and she must leave the regiment, the troops are heartbroken. The Marquise plans to educate and marry Marie in a manner befitting a lady of quality, but Marie wants only to return to her regiment and the man she loves.

Richard Bonynge, Welsh National Opera Orchestra, Joan Sutherland - George Frideric Handel: Rodelinda (1987)

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Richard Bonynge, Welsh National Opera Orchestra, Joan Sutherland - George Frideric Handel: Rodelinda (1987)

Richard Bonynge, Welsh National Opera Orchestra, Joan Sutherland - George Frideric Handel: Rodelinda (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 715 Mb | Total time: 72:17+73:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 414 667-2 | Recorded: 1985

Rodelinda stems from a period of great creativity in Handel’s life, 1724-25, following hard on Giulio Cesare and Tamerlano. Although it met with only moderate success. One of its first revivals was via the German Handel Society in the 1920s, and then the Handel Opera Society revived it again, with a cast including Joan Sutherland, during the 1959 celebrations of Handel’s bicentenary. It was one of Sutherland/Bonynge’s later Decca operatic collaborations (1985) and their only Handel opera they recorded together.

Charles Farncombe, Philomusica Orchestra, Joan Sutherland - George Frideric Handel: Rodelinda (2010)

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Charles Farncombe, Philomusica Orchestra, Joan Sutherland - George Frideric Handel: Rodelinda (2010)

Charles Farncombe, Philomusica Orchestra, Joan Sutherland - George Frideric Handel: Rodelinda (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 307 Mb | Total time: 73:38+67:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Andromeda | # ANDRCD 9075 | Recorded: 1959

This is an interesting pre-authentic performance of Handel's odd masterpiece, an opera that has not done well on CD. Years ago, a severely cut, peculiarly cast Sutherland/Bonynge set appeared on London (Decca); this current performance, which has been around for a long time (and is available on other labels as well), dates from 1959. The orchestra is reduced, harpsichord is prominent, embellishments are added to the vocal line, and in general, aside from a slight heaviness in approach, there is little to be ashamed of. Some arias are cut or cut in half, but the spirit of Handel is present–and besides that, fans of either Sutherland or Janet Baker, both caught here so early in their careers that they were not even vaguely famous, will have to hear them. And they impress: Baker sounds far lighter than she later did but exhibits the same wonderful musicality and impeccable diction, and Sutherland's fresh voice, flawless technique, and yes, fine enunciation of the text are delightful.

Richard Bonynge, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra, Joan Sutherland - Giacomo Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots (2006)

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Richard Bonynge, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra, Joan Sutherland - Giacomo Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots  (2006)

Richard Bonynge, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra, Joan Sutherland - Giacomo Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots (2006)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 200 min | 5,75 + 4,27 Gb (DVD9+DVD5)
Classical | Label: Opus Arte | Sub: English | Recorded: 1981

In tradition of grand opera, Dame Joan Sutherland's farewell performance to the operatic stage in Giacomo Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots is a gala triumph of spectacle, pageantry, and drama. This technically complex production captures the horror and tragedy of the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre, as well as the splendor and romance of 16th century France. Sutherland's glorious soprano voice is just one of the many brilliant highlights of this acclaimed performance, a revival of director Lotfi Mansouri's highly praised 1981 production. Often referred to as "The Night of the Seven Stars," Les Huguenots is a demanding production that requires the presence of seven major talents to sing the lead roles. For this reason, it is not often performed, but it is a most fitting end to the career of "La Stupenda," one of opera¹s brightest stars.

Richard Bonynge, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Giacomo Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots (1991)

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Richard Bonynge, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Giacomo Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots (1991)

Richard Bonynge, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Joan Sutherland - Giacomo Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 987 Mb | Total time: 217:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 430 549-2 | Recorded: 1969

Sutherland is predictably impressive. Her 'O beau pays' is thrillingly done…with much attention to detail. Tourangeau as the page is another highlight…This is by far the most successful recording of this work and with a brilliant recording to match the ambitions of the project.— Penguin Guide

Joan Sutherland, Nicola Rescigno, Orchestra del Teatro de la Fenice - George Frideric Handel: Alcina (1997)

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Joan Sutherland, Nicola Rescigno, Orchestra del Teatro de la Fenice - George Frideric Handel: Alcina (1997)

Joan Sutherland, Nicola Rescigno, Orchestra del Teatro de la Fenice - George Frideric Handel: Alcina (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 291 Mb | Total time: 74:29+62:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Bella Voce Records | # BLV 107.220 | Recorded: 1960

This set is what early music or baroque opera purists might call politically incorrect. The orchestra at Venice's La Fenice is too big, the playing is Romantic, with plenty of rubato and not crisp, and very few of the singers get through the music as Handel wrote it or embellish it the way he wished. But it does feature Joan Sutherland at her most amazing. Her huge voice, pure tone, impeccable technique, seamless legato, and glorious ease are the definition of bel canto. While this two-CD release is not ideal, it does present Alcina in much of its loveliness.

Carlo Maria Giulini, Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni (2016)

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Carlo Maria Giulini, Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni (2016)

Carlo Maria Giulini, Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 895 Mb | Total time: 161:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0825646994052 | Recorded: 1959

Don Giovanni’s special amalgam of dark drama and sparkling comedy is captured with startling immediacy by Carlo Maria Giulini. The Viennese baritone Eberhard Wächter faces a particularly formidable pair of noble ladies: Donna Anna in the form of Joan Sutherland (in one of her rare recordings for a label other than Decca) and the Donna Elvira of Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.

Ferdinand Leitner, Cappella Coloniensis - George Frideric Handel: Alcina (2008)

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Ferdinand Leitner, Cappella Coloniensis - George Frideric Handel: Alcina  (2008)

Ferdinand Leitner, Cappella Coloniensis, Joan Sutherland, Fritz Wunderlich - George Frideric Handel: Alcina (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 762 Mb | Total time: 73:35+78:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 477 8017 | Recorded: 1959

This recording is the first official release in any format of this once-in-a-lifetime concert performance featuring Dame Joan Sutherland and Fritz Wunderlich. In 1959 performances of Handel were just beginning to embrace the original instrument movement making this recording an invaluable historic record of performance practice. In addition to musicological interest, the CDs present Joan Sutherland at the beginning of her illustrious career in the full bloom of youth. She was flown in as a last minute replacement for the scheduled soprano and proceeded to give a virtuoso performance of the demanding title role. Full of Handel's gorgeous melodies and with vocal fireworks in bountiful supply, it is no wonder that Sutherland completely awed the German public. She is joined by Fritz Wunderlich, the acclaimed German tenor, in their one-and-only collaboration. He as well was a last minute replacement and rises to the exacting demands of Handel. His rich and pliant tone is perfectly suited to the technical and dramatic demands of the opera.

Richard Bonynge, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2009)

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Richard Bonynge, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2009)

Richard Bonynge, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti - Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 951 Mb | Total time: 140:01 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 478 1513 | Recorded: 1971

In 1959 a young Australian soprano burst upon the international scene with a sensational performance of Lucia di Lammermoor at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. That soprano was Joan Sutherland, and now, 50 years later, Decca celebrates the prima donna in her most acclaimed role. Decca proudly presents, in a deluxe limited-edition, the soprano's 1971 landmark recording of Donizetti's opera. All the principal singers are here caught at the pinnacle of their careers, making this, quite possibly, the most beautiful Lucia ever captured on record.

Richard Bonynge, New York City Opera Orchestra - Sutherland, Horne, Pavarotti: Live from Lincoln Centre (1987)

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Richard Bonynge, New York City Opera Orchestra - Sutherland, Horne, Pavarotti: Live from Lincoln Centre (1987)

Richard Bonynge, New York City Opera Orchestra - Sutherland, Horne, Pavarotti: Live from Lincoln Centre (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 354 Mb | Total time: 71:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 417 587-2 | Recorded: 1981

This recording marks ground zero of the Three Tenors phenomenon and reminds you of all that it was supposed to be. There's only one tenor here–Luciano Pavarotti–and because he's partnered by different voice types–soprano Joan Sutherland and mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne– the possibilities of substantial artistic collaboration are much greater. Though this event was heavily hyped and would've driven audiences wild no matter what, the singers use the concert as an occasion to do things they'd never do on the opera stage, such as the Sutherland-Pavarotti duet from Otello". In their prime, they were one of the great operatic teams, as were Sutherland and Horne. And this concert gives ample evidence why. It's essential for fans of these singers.

100 Christmas Masterworks [5CDs] (2018)

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100 Christmas Masterworks [5CDs] (2018)

100 Christmas Masterworks [5CDs] (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.40 Gb | Total time: 05:28:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 483 6001 | Recorded: 1961-2017

This imaginatively-curated, generously-filled Christmas package is sure to find favor during this and future holiday seasons. Why? Because it packs in every conceivable carol, tune, choral work or song in timeless performances from the greatest artists in the world: singers of immense communicative gifts including Cecilia Bartoli, Bryn Terfel, Renee Fleming and Luciano Pavarotti to name but four. It truly offers something of every Christmas mind, spirit, and looks fantastic.

Richard Bonynge, Orchestra of the Canadian Opera Compani, Joan Sutherland, Tatiana Troyanos - Bellini: Norma (2001/1981)

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Richard Bonynge, Orchestra of the Canadian Opera Compani, Joan Sutherland, Tatiana Troyanos - Bellini: Norma (2001/1981)

Richard Bonynge, Orchestra of the Canadian Opera Compani, Joan Sutherland, Tatiana Troyanos - Bellini: Norma (2001/1981)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 4.12 Gb (DVD5) | 150 min
Classical | VAI | Sub: English

By 1981, when this production was taped for Canadian television, Joan Sutherland's voice was unquestionably past its prime. But even in its decline, that voice remained something quite special, and the role of the troubled Druid priestess Norma was one of her specialties. A substantial advantage in this recording is the presence at the podium of her husband and coach, Richard Bonynge, who had a deep understanding of the strengths and limitations of her voice and stage persona. His pacing and balance give the voice opportunities to challenge, at least momentarily, the ravages of time. Lotfi Mansouri, one of the great operatic entrepreneurs of the late 20th century, assembled a first-class supporting cast for Sutherland–most notably Tatiana Troyanos, to whose memory this video is dedicated.