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    Default Favorite Opera Recording Featuring Joan Sutherland (complete operas not highlights)

    I'll start:

    Conductor Silvio Varviso - 1963
    Amina - Joan Sutherland
    Elvino - Nicolai Gedda
    Rodolfo - Ezio Flagello
    Lisa - Jeanette Scovotti
    Alessio - John Macurdy
    Notaro - Andrea Velis
    Teresa - Lili Chookasian

    Some pages from the MET's program booklet:

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    Just for starters.
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    Not that big a Dame Joan fan, I'm afraid, but she is an excellent Donna Anna on one of my all time favourite recordings - the Giulini Don Giovanni.

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    I am a fan of beautiful singing and therefore of Dame Joan! Wonderful singer. Try La Fille du Regiment!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    I am a fan of beautiful singing and therefore of Dame Joan! Wonderful singer. Try La Fille du Regiment!
    I have it and enjoy it. She's stupendous on it, no doubt about it. But for me, and I know this is a personal reaction, the mushy diction still gets in the way, even though its not as bad as on some of her recordings. On the Giulini Don Giovanni the voice is much more forwardly produced and consequently her diction is pretty good, as it was when she first sang Lucia at Covent Garden.
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    I have many with her. I like them all. Probably would go with the Guilini Don Giovanni too. It's by far my favorite opera with her in it. And probably my second favorite of all, after Figaro.

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    I like all the recordings suggested so far. I'd suggest her Turandot recording where she gives a great performance, surrounded by a superb cast, it's well conducted and I really enjoy the sound quality.
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    Another unforgettable recording.
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    Sutherland, though, is only in Act II, and the end of Act III.

    (Will anyone say the Solti Ring?)
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    I can't decide! She recorded a lot and she was lucky to be a Decca artist at the same time as Pavarotti and her time coinciding with Horne, Caballe, Milnes, Ghiaurov and Ramey.

    Whilst it's fascinating listening to a voice of such size sing coloratura with great ease, I find Sutherland often lacks drama and emotional involvement with the role she is singing in Bel Canto operas. Where possible I would prefer to listen to Callas or Caballe in Donizetti, Bellini and Verdi. Her recording of Beatrice di Tenda and Lakme are favourites and both roles suit her vocally.

    Her Turandot (best heard in the latest blu ray sound) is superb and the rest of the cast lead by Pavarotti and Caballe make this a Turandot that overall is only challenged by the Nilson-Corelli-Scotto version. I tend to think of this as a two divas for the price of one recording (in that respect it is similar to the Callas-Schwarzkopf Turandot (what a shame Corelli wasn't picked for Calaf in that one).

    These would be my favourites, but if I had to pick just one, I would choose one of her signature roles, with a Caballe/Pavarotti combination and what may be her most underrated recording. The second studio Norma. Nobody compares with Callas in this role, however this recording justifies it's place in the catalogue as it goes back to the original performance practice of having a soprano Adalgisa and the blending of the voices in the duets isn't bettered in any other recording. Critics of this set bemoan Sutherland's less than fresh voice and it isn't what it was in the 60s. However, this is Sutherland's most dramatic and passionately sung studio recording. There is great abandon to her singing here and she takes far more risks than usual, which all pay off. The score is given complete and Ramey and Pavarotti bring their bel canto credentials to what is a worthy addition to an opera collection on CD.

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    Sutherland/Horne Pavarotti in Norma
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    61 Decca Lucia (with famous aria collection Art of the Prima Donna) For me earlier is better for Joan with voice still clear and amazing in its range, power, and purity of tone. The more famous studio 72 Lucia Decca has better male cast for sure but Joan's voice is noticeably more cloudy and opaque in diction which bothers me especially in comparison to her stellar early recordings

    The early live recordings of Bel Canto classics are just stellar compared to later studio works, Joan's vocal technique and dramatic delivery is off the charts ....





    Flying climax of vien diletto at 13:15 mark, yesssssssssss...........
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    Still a mystery why Decca has chosen to give many lesser singers super deluxe boxsets and the royal red carpet treatment (latest Nilsson boxsets for instance) and Sutherland still has no proper career spanning anthology opera collection, Sutherland (and Tebaldi) where the greatest female opera singers to grace the Decca label and are such iconic singers that this oversight is indeed hard to explain............

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