Rossini: Semiramide - Sutherland, Horne, Montal, Rouleau; Bonynge. 1965
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Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge were responsible for the revival of many forgotten bel canto operas during their prolific reign and although that made for many great evenings, few of the operas can really stand up without the help of their brilliance. In my opinion, however, the uniqueness of Semiramide and the brilliance of Rossini's under-appreciated skills as a tragedian can sustain interest even without the bling of brilliant performers like Sutherland and Marilyn Horne. That said Sutherland and Horne do much to advocate for the works merits delivering firecracker coloratura as well as thrilling high-notes. The two singers also had a synergy that allowed them to check their egos and achieve a level of ensemble in their duets that is often elusive to stars. The sound is very good, although there are a few parts missing including the overture and opening chorus as well as the beginning of the second act.