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Richard Bonynge, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna - Gaetano Donizetti: La Favorita (1990)

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Richard Bonynge, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna - Gaetano Donizetti: La Favorita (1990)

Richard Bonynge, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Fiorenza Cossotto, Luciano Pavarotti - Gaetano Donizetti: La Favorita (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 789 Mb | Total time: 167:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 430 038-2 | Recorded: 1974

For me, this recording represents the absolute epitome of bel canto singing, with Pavarotti spinning endless golden tone as Fernand and Fiorenza Cossotto showcasing that indomitable chest-voice as Leonora.

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.

Richard Bonynge, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra, Joan Sutherland - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2004/1986)

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Richard Bonynge, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra, Joan Sutherland - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2004/1986)

Richard Bonynge, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Richard Greager - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2004/1986)
PAL 4:3 (720x576) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 7.48 Gb (DVD9) | 143 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol

Lucia di Lammermoor catapulted Joan Sutherland to international fame in 1959. It is a role with which her name is now inextricably linked and one which provides a perfect showcase for her remarkable vocal agility and acting ability. Set in the misty moors of Scotland, Lucia di Lammermoor is based on the novel by Sir Walter Scott. It is a tragic tale of star-crossed lovers separated by a family feud. In Gaetano Donizetti's dark, romantic opera, the forces of hate tear the young couple apart, leading to madness and murder. Richard Greager, Malcolm Donnelly, Joan Sutherland. Directed by John Copley, conducted by Richard Bonynge.

Richard Bonynge, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Alfredo Kraus - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2005/1982)

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Richard Bonynge, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Alfredo Kraus - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2005/1982)

Richard Bonynge, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Alfredo Kraus - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2005/1982)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.19 Gb (DVD9) | 137 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

The Metropolitan Opera performance of Lucia Di Lammermoor features Joan Sutherland in a triumphant return to the Met after a four year absence. Dame Joan gives a performance of astounding facility and musical sensitivity. Gaetano Donizetti's tragic masterpiece is based on Sir Walter Scott's novel, The Bride of Lammermoor, a brooding tale of love, murder, and vengeance set in seventeenth-century Scotland. Taped live in its entirety on November 13, 1982.

Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra - Verdi: Il Trovatore (2002/1983)

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Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra - Verdi: Il Trovatore (2002/1983)

Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra - Verdi: Il Trovatore (2002/1983)
PAL 4:3 (720x576) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 6.27 Gb (DVD9) | 142 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol

Joan Sutherland was at the height of her career when she took on the role of Leonora – arguably the most dramatic of all Verdi heroines – in 1983. Elijah Moshinsky’s production, in which he was ably supported by the Australian artist Sidney Nolans (set design), Luciana Arrighi (costumes) and Nick Chelton (lighting), was tailor-made for Sutherland, allowing Leonora to develop into a truly tragic heroine occupying the opera’s central ground. This performance at the Australian Opera, Sydney – and featuring a high quality cast under the baton of Richard Bonynge – was recorded by Australian Television on 2nd July 1983. Verdi’s powerful and passionate opera tells a tale of civil war and treachery.

Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra - Bellini: Norma (2001/1978)

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Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra - Bellini: Norma (2001/1978)

Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra - Bellini: Norma (2001/1978)
PAL 4:3 (720x576) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 7.73 Gb (DVD9) | 151 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: English, Italiano, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol

Bellini’s Norma contains one of the most impressive and also most difficult soprano roles in the whole repertoire of opera. Few sopranos can do justice to it. The first of those who have must surely be Maria Callas, considered the outstanding interpreter of the title part. The role, along with Bellini"s opera, was interpreted in a revolutionary fashion by Joan Sutherland (born in Sydney 1926). She is the protagonist in the present recording made at the Sydney Opera House in August 1978. "La Stupenda", as Joan Sutherland was known in musical circles, ended her international career in 1990. The celebrated production by Sandro Sequi, with Fiorella Mariani"s lavish décor and costumes, concentrates entirely on the human destiny of a woman on the edge of her existence. He intelligently brings forth the priestess’ emotional world, hence showing the many facets of Norma"s character.

Richard Bonynge, Orchestra of the Canadian Opera Company, Joan Sutherland, James Morris - Donizetti: Anna Bolena (2001)

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Richard Bonynge, Orchestra of the Canadian Opera Company, Joan Sutherland, James Morris - Donizetti: Anna Bolena  (2001)

Richard Bonynge, Orchestra of the Canadian Opera Company, Joan Sutherland, James Morris - Donizetti: Anna Bolena (2001)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 157 min | 4,29 Gb (DVD5)
Classical | Label: VAI | Sub: English | Recorded: 1984

It would have been better, of course, if this 1984 production of Donizetti's Anna Bolena, or at least its title role, had been filmed 20 years earlier, when Joan Sutherland's voice was in its spectacular prime. But like her Canadian Opera Norma, dating from 1981, this is a better-late-than-never documentation of one of the most remarkable voices of the 20th century.

Richard Bonynge, English Chamber Orchestra, Ambrosian Singers, Joan Sutherland - George Frideric Handel: Messiah (1992)

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Richard Bonynge, English Chamber Orchestra, Ambrosian Singers, Joan Sutherland - George Frideric Handel: Messiah (1992)

Richard Bonynge, English Chamber Orchestra, Ambrosian Singers, Joan Sutherland - George Frideric Handel: Messiah (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 696 Mb | Total time: 146:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 433 740-2 | Recorded: 1970

It should not be all that much of a surprise to anyone familiar with Bonynge that this set would be memorable. Bonynge has worked not only with the Ambroasian Singers, but each of the soloists as well. Joan Sutherland without a doubt the strongest of the four soloists. She handles her role with ease, using the skills she has as a Bel Canto specialist to maneuver Handel's trills and flourishes. Two soloists who truly get a vocal workout are Hugette Tourangeau who sings the contralto role and bass Tom Krause. Though listeners may love the vocal fireworks Handel includes in the score, it is rather difficult terrain for the lower voices, but Tourangeau and Krause do a spectacular job. Many listeners may also realize that other basses have simplified their parts whereas Krause accepts the vocal challenges and he does more than accept, he achieves success. Werner Krenn's light tenor is suited for his parts.

Richard Bonynge, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Massimo Bellini di Catania - Paisiello: Nina ossia La pazza per amore (2006)

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Richard Bonynge, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Massimo Bellini di Catania - Paisiello: Nina ossia La pazza per amore (2006)

Richard Bonynge, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Massimo Bellini di Catania - Giovanni Paisiello: Nina ossia La pazza per amore (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 454 Mb | Total time: 55:58+46:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Nuova Era | # 223294-311 | Recorded: 1989

This tragicomedy was apparently the greatest success of Giovanni Paisiello’s career, some claim considering that he wrote around 90 operas and that his Barbiere di Siviglia both inspired Mozart to produce Le nozze di Figaro as a sequel and caused later audiences to criticise Rossini for daring to tackle the same subject. Although Paisiello (1740-1816) is interesting enough to deserve some attention today, his musical accomplishments are more reminiscent of Cimarosa than anyone else. He did, however, enjoy a colourful life, and served European rulers as diverse as Catherine the Great and Napoleon. When Nina was first performed at La Scala, the title role was taken by none other than Floria Tosca, the singer who was later to inspire Sardou and Puccini.

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Richard Bonynge - Kálmán: Die Herzogin von Chicago (1999)

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Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Richard Bonynge - Kálmán: Die Herzogin von Chicago (1999)

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Richard Bonynge - Kálmán: Die Herzogin von Chicago (1999)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 156:46 | 769 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | Catalog: 466 057-2

This is an excellent spoof/satire of all things American with a side swipe at impoverished European royalty and the operetta genre to boot. Deborah Riedel is absolutely magnificent both in her acting and her singing. Her intentional horribly bad American accent in German is absolutely hilarious and is exactly the way so many Americans speak German although never so completely and swiftly. Yet when she sings, her German, of course, is impeccable and unaccented for, after all, she is an opera singer and will go only so far to dumb down.

Richard Bonynge, Royal Opera Hause, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti: La Fille du régiment (2009)

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Richard Bonynge, Royal Opera Hause, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti: La Fille du régiment (2009)

Richard Bonynge, Orchestra of the Royal Opera Hause, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti: La Fille du régiment (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 502 Mb | Total time: 106:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 478 1366 | Recorded: 1967

Recorded in 1967, the recording features Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti at the high-noon of their careers! Pavarotti, with great charm and humor, tosses off endless high notes in a barnstorming performance. Sutherland easily tackles the great vocal demands and gives an effortlessly stunning performance. No other recording of this opera has come close to surpassing this classic for vocal beauty and sheer thrills!

Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne - Rossini: Semiramide (2006)

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Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne - Rossini: Semiramide (2006)

Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne - Rossini: Semiramide (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 778 Mb | Total time: 52:30+42:11+73:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 0289 475 7918 2 | Recorded: 1966

This 1966 recording, billed as the first complete Semiramide on disc, with Joan Sutherland singing Semiramide and Marilyn Horne singing the trouser role Arsace, has long been considered the standard by which all other Semiramide's are measured. Although subsequently there have been more complete recordings, this remains among the best recorded performance and is a recommendation for every opera collection.

Richard Bonynge, English Chamber Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore (2006)

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Richard Bonynge, English Chamber Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore (2006)

Richard Bonynge, English Chamber Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 662 Mb | Total time: 140:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 475 7514 | Recorded: 1970

Donizetti's rollicking comic opera The Elixir of Love receives a scintillating performance in this early 1970's London/Decca recording. Featuring an unbeatable cast, headed by Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti, this wonderful interpretation demonstrates singing of the highest levels of artistic integrity- definitive, passionate, lyrical, committed. The English Chamber Orchestra responds to Richard Bonynge's direction to provide sharp, colorful orchestral support, and the Ambrosian Opera Chorus' performance can only be described as brilliant.

Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne - Bellini: Norma (2002)

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Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne - Bellini: Norma (2002)

Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne - Bellini: Norma (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 783 Mb | Total time: 62:17+30:43+69:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 470 413-2 | Recorded: 1964

I believe this is the only note-complete performance of this opera, and furthermore, the only one that is sung in all of the original keys (in almost every other recording "Casta diva" and the duets are transposed down). It is a spectacular example of bel canto. Recorded in 1964, Joan Sutherland was at her peak, exhibiting fearless, beautiful singing, thoroughly accurate in fiorature and breath control.

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.