Joan Sutherland Live at the Sydney Opera House 1983 & 1985

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Joan Sutherland Live at the Sydney Opera House 1983 & 1985
Dame Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Marilyn Horne / The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra, Richard Bonynge

[ ABC Opera Australia DVD / 2 DVD ]

Release Date: Friday 22 January 2021

Rated: G - Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993Suitable for General Audiences

Relive 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.

"(Pavarotti) proved...that this is truly one of the most phenomenal voices of our era, used with genuine musicality and artistry." - The Australian



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: lanel ti dono

8. ADRIANA LECOUVREUR (Cilea) - Io son lumile 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. LELISIR DAMORE (Donizetti) - Una furtiva lagrima

15. CRISPINO E LA COMARE (Ricci) - Io non sono più lAnnetta

16. LA TRAVIATA - Parigi, o cara


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 saggira

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 souvre à ta voix

11. FRA DIAVOLO (Auber) - Non temete, milord

12. LES HUGUENOTS (Meyerbeer) - Non, non, non, vous navez 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 damour (Barcarolle)