Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor - Robinson, Hindsley, Samuelsen, Horton; Bomhard. Louisville, 1969
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Initially this performance of Lucia di Lammermoor seems to have all the trappings (at times charming and at times irritating) of a garden-variety provincial performance. The orchestra sounds underrehearsed and the chorus sounds as if the median age was about 17. That is until Gail Robinson makes her entrance at which point the whole affair is elevated by her unique brilliance. Robinson delivers a Lucia for the ages, combining effortless high notes, pitch-perfect coloratura as well as a vocal richness that you almost never get in this role. The rest of the cast is fine enough with Charles Hindlsey standing out as an elegant Edgardo. The sound is very good.