Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia - Sills, Marsee, H, Price, Yule; Rudel. 1976
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When Beverly Sills decided to undertake the Donizetti “Queen” roles, she did so knowing full well that it would likely come at a cost to her lyric voice. Her efforts prove to be well worth the sacrifice as she delivers a searingly intense performance bordering on reckless, and although the voice at times shows some ware, she deftly navigates her way around this emotionally charged bel canto tour-de-force without every falling over the precipice (think Martha Mödl in her later years.) The American mezzo, Susanne Marsee, delivers a puckish yet ernest Orsini and Henry Price brings mellifluous lyricism to the role of Genarro. But there is no mistaking whose night it is… The sound is excellent.
Beverly Sills sings excerpts from Lucia di Lammermoor and I Puritani