M1500 .L82 1989
Opera. Music by Gaetana Donizetti. Libretto by Salvator Cammarano, based on Sir Walter Scott's novel, The Bride of Lammermoor.
As the ovation following her first aria faded away, a voice called out across the theater, "Welcome back!" After a four-year absence, Joan Sutherland had returned triumphantly to the Met in an undisputed gem of bel canto repertoire, Lucia di Lammermoor. It was the role that assured her international fame when she first sang it at Covent Garden in 1959 - "a mad scene heard round the world" - and the one which introduced her to Met audiences in 1961 - "Joan Sutherland came, sang, and conquered."
Now 21 years later, once again on the Met stage, Dame Joan gives a performance of astounding facility and musical sensitivity. Indeed, as one critic noted, "... the years have deepened Sutherland's own artistry and converted many from admiration to adulation."
In the role of Lucia's doomed lover, Alfredo Kraus matches her musicality note for note in a performance bearing the elegance and refinement that has become the veteran tenor's trademark.
This presentation of Lucia di Lammermoor is subtitled in English and was taped during the November 13, 1982 performance at the Metropolitan Opera House. No material was taken from rehearsals, other performances or remake recording sessions.
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