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Dame Joan Sutherland

Live at the Sydney Opera House (2DVD)

Re-live two magical evenings when Joan Sutherland sang first with Luciano Pavarotti, then with Marilyn Horne under the sails of the Sydney Opera House. Recorded in 1983 and 1985, these gala concerts are conducted by Richard Bonynge, and feature three of the greatest voices of all time singing arias and duets from their signature opera roles.


Joan Sutherland, ‘La Stupenda’, is sublime in some of her best-loved arias – ‘Les oiseaux dans la charmille’ from The Tales of Hoffmann, Verdi’s ‘Addio del passato’, Cilea’s ‘Io son l’umile ancella’ and Handel’s ‘Tornami a vagheggiar’ – including many of the jewels of the bel canto repertoire that was her speciality. Luciano Pavarotti performs some of the great tenor arias, including ‘Vesti la giubba’ from Pagliacci, ‘Una furtiva lagrima’ from Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, and ‘Recondita armonia’ from Tosca. Marilyn Horne shines in spectacular, passionate arias by Handel, Rossini and Meyerbeer, as well as the lush beauty of ‘Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix’ from Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila.

And Sutherland comes together with Pavarotti and Horne for duet performances shaped and perfected by their many years appearing alongside each other on stage and recordings: ‘Brindisi’ and ‘Parigi, o cara’ from La Traviata, ‘Prendi: l’anel ti dono’ from Bellini’s La Sonnambula, ‘Sulla tomba che rinserra’ from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, the Flower Duet (‘Sous le dôme épais’) from Lakmé and the Barcarolle (‘Belle nuit, ô nuit d’amour’) from The Tales of Hoffmann.

This double DVD restores to the catalogue two landmark events, and performances never to be forgotten.

DISC 1: Joan Sutherland & Luciano Pavarotti

  1. I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI (Bellini) Sinfonia
  2. LA TRAVIATA (Verdi) Brindisi
  3. TOSCA (Puccini) Recondita armonia
  4. LA TRAVIATA Addio, del passato
  5. I LOMBARDI ALLA PRIMA CROCIATA (Verdi) La mia letizia infondere
  6. I PURITANI (Bellini) Qui la voce sua soave
  7. LA SONNAMBULA (Bellini) Prendi: l’anel ti dono
  8. ADRIANA LECOUVREUR (Cilea) Io son l’umile ancella
  9. WERTHER (Massenet) Pourquoi me réveiller
  10. THAÏS (Massenet) Méditation
  11. HAMLET (Thomas) A vos jeux, mes amis...Pâle et blonde
  12. PAGLIACCI (Leoncavallo) Vesti la giubba
  13. LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR (Donizetti) Sulla tomba che rinserra
  14. L’ELISIR D’AMORE (Donizetti) Una furtiva lagrima
  15. CRISPINO E LA COMARE (Ricci) Io non sono più l’Annetta
  16. LA TRAVIATA Parigi, o cara

DISC 2: Joan Sutherland & Marilyn Horne

  1. RADAMISTO (Handel) Overture
  2. SEMELE (Handel) Iris, hence away
  3. ALCINA (Handel) Tornami a vagheggiar
  4. LA DONNA DEL LAGO (Rossini) Mura felici ove il mio ben s’aggira
  5. LA CAMBIALE DI MATRIMONIO (Rossini) Vorrei spiegarvi
  6. SEMIRAMIDE (Rossini) Serbami ognor si fido
  7. LAKMÉ (Delibes) Sous le dôme épais
  8. ZAMPA (Hérold) Overture
  9. THE TALES OF HOFFMANN (Offenbach) Les oiseaux dans la charmille
  10. SAMSON ET DALILA (Saint-Saëns) Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix
  11. FRA DIAVOLO (Auber) Non temete, milord
  12. LES HUGUENOTS (Meyerbeer) Non, non, non, vous n’avez jamais, je gage
  13. DON PASQUALE (Donizetti) Overture
  14. NORMA (Bellini) Mira, o Norma
  15. The Gypsy and the Bird (Benedict)
  16. Beautiful Dreamer (Foster)
  17. THE TALES OF HOFFMANN Belle nuit, ô nuit d’amour (Barcarolle)

Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra
Richard Bonynge conductor