Bellini: Beatrice di Tenda - Sutherland, Kabaivanska, Campora, Dondi; Votto. Milano, 1961
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- One can only image the palpable excitement that the Milanese public must have felt at the prospect of hearing Joan Sutherland only months after her triumphant debut as Lucia di Lammermoor. And Sutherland does not disappoint as Beatrice di Tenda, bringing her signature poise, effortless coloratura and shining top to the title role.
- It must have been more than a little bit intimidating for Raina Kabaivanska to stand next to a phenomenon like Sutherland, especially considering this was her La Scala debut. Fortunately, she matches Sutherland's brilliance, and her steely soprano provides a compelling vocal contrast to Sutherland.
- Given the brilliance of the leading ladies it would be easy to overlook the forces of the Teatro alla Scala, but I feel it my duty to acknowledge the incredible work of the chorus and orchestra who play at a level one rarely hears.
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Joan Sutherland Sings Excerpts from I Puritani