The Art of the Prima Donna

The Art of the Prima Donna

by Joan Sutherland

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The Art of the Prima Donna

The original release of this double-LP set in 1960 changed the way we hear music. Not as dramatically exciting as Callas or as vocally ravishing as Tebaldi, the Australian Joan Sutherland was nonetheless as important as either of them. Nobody in her day, or ours, and perhaps few in earlier eras, could sing so high, so fast, with such power and awesome beauty. Through 16 selections spanning much of opera's history, this recording set new standards for operatic achievement; perfectly fine singers covering the same repertory wilted in the blaze of Sutherland's glory. Her talent didn't stay at this album's level: As she conquered the operatic world in a long, long career, some of the sympathy and zest retreated from Dame Joan's singing. But 40 years later, to hear her conquer such challenges as "Let the Bright Seraphim" from Handel's Samson is to be reintroduced to the potential of the human voice. Anyone who's ever cared for any kind of singing can't afford to do without this reissue.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/10/2000
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028946711521
catalogNumber: 467115
Rank: 145197

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Artaxerxes, opera: The soldier tir'd

    1. The soldier tir'd  (04:07)
  2. Samson, oratorio, HWV 57: Let the bright Seraphim

    1. Let the bright Seraphim  (05:57)
  3. Norma, opera: Sediziose voci... Casta diva... Ah! bello

    1. Sediziose voci... Casta diva... Ah! bello  (12:47)
  4. I Puritani, opera: Son vergin vezzosa

    1. Son vergin vezzosa  (03:06)
  5. Semiramide, opera: Bel raggio lusinghier

    1. Bel raggio lusinghier  (06:41)
  6. I Puritani, opera: O rendetemi la speme... Qui la voce... Vien, dilet

    1. O rendetemi la speme... Qui la voce... Vien, diletto  (07:02)
  7. La Sonnambula, opera: Care compagne... Come per me sereno... Sovra il se

    1. Care compagne... Come per me sereno... Sovra il sen  (08:25)
  8. Faust, opera: Ô Dieu! que de bijoux!... Ah! je ris de me voir

    1. Ô Dieu! que de bijoux!... Ah! je ris de me voir  (04:41)

Disc 2

  1. Roméo et Juliette, opera: Ah! Je veux vivre

    1. Ah! Je veux vivre  (03:32)
  2. Otello, opera: Mia madre aveva una povera ancella... Piangea cant

    1. Mia madre aveva una povera ancella... Piangea cantando  (08:05)
  3. Die Entführung aus dem Serail, opera, K. 384: Martern aller Arten

    1. Martern aller Arten  (08:43)
  4. La Traviata, opera: E'strano... Ah, fors'è lui... Sempre libera

    1. E'strano... Ah, fors'è lui... Sempre libera  (06:45)
  5. Hamlet, opera in 5 acts: À vos jeux, mes amis

    1. À vos jeux, mes amis  (08:51)
  6. Lakmé, opera: Ah! Où va la jeune Indoue

    1. Ah! Où va la jeune Indoue  (07:52)
  7. Les Huguenots, grand opera in 5 acts: Ô beau pays de la Touraine!

    1. Ô beau pays de la Touraine!  (05:45)
  8. Rigoletto, opera: Gualtier Maldè... Caro nome

    1. Gualtier Maldè... Caro nome  (06:19)

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dame Joan Sutherland had THE voice of the 20th. century, and probably all time. This album is evidence of that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the greatest recital for any coloratura soprano ever recorded. She  sings some of the most difficult bel canto arias written. And she does  it withe ultimate ease, a perfect trill, perfect runs, perfect staccato, stratosphere high notes up to perfect high E naturals. The voice too beautiul to describe. You must hear her to believe. Finally, Sutherland had a voice huge enough for Wagner. A true rarity, a dramatic coloratura.
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