Janacek: Jenufa (In English) - Fine, Tinsley, Cathcart, Dempsey; Gibson. Glasgow, 1977
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This performance of Jenufa is most notable for the superb Kostelnicka of Pauline Tinsley. Having triumphed opposite Beverly Sills in Maria Stuarda just five years earlier, Tinsley shows her remarkable versatility and dramatic intensity as Janacek’s most compelling character. It is refreshing to hear a voice that hasn’t lost its youthful sheen in a role that is often cast with sopranos who are nearing their twilight years, but Tinsley does not rest on her vocal laurels, bringing an intensity that one might expect from verismo without devolving into camp. Wendy Fine is excellent as Jenufa particularly in the clarity with which she delivers the fine English translation used in this performance. Allen Cathcart delivers a Laca that is more poet that brute. The sound is excellent.