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Luciano Pavarotti / Joan Sutherland - Live at the Sydney Opera House
Re-live the magical evening when Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti sang together under the sails of the Sydney Opera House. Recorded in 1983, this gala concert is conducted by Richard Bonynge, and features two of the greatest voices of all time singing arias and duets from their signature opera roles.
Joan Sutherland, ‘La Stupenda’, is sublime in some of her best-loved arias, including many of the jewels of the bel canto repertoire that was her speciality – including Verdi, Bellini and Cilea. Pavarotti performs some of the great tenor arias, including ‘Vesti la giubba’ from Pagliacci, ‘Una furtiva lagrima’ from Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, and ‘Recondita armonia’ from Puccini’s Tosca.
And the pair come together for duet performances shaped and perfected by their many years appearing alongside each other on stage and recordings: ‘Brindisi’ and ‘Parigi, o cara’ from La Traviata, ‘Prendi: l’anel ti dono’ from Bellini’s La Sonnambula, and ‘Sulla tomba che rinserra’ from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor.
Re-released to coincide with the renewed global focus on Pavarotti due to the major documentary film directed by Ron Howard, this DVD restores to the catalogue a landmark event, and a performance never to be forgotten.
1 BELLINI Sinfonia from I Capuleti e i Montecchi
2 VERDI Brindisi from La Traviata
3 PUCCINI Recondita armonia from Tosca
4 VERDI Addio, del passato from La Traviata
5 VERDI La mia letizia infondere from I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata
6 BELLINI Qui la voce sua soave from I Puritani
7 BELLINI Prendi: l’anel ti dono from La Sonnambula
8 CILEA Io son l’umile ancella from Adriana Lecouvreur
9 MASSENET Pourquoi me réveiller from Werther
10 MASSENET Méditation from Thaïs
11 THOMAS A vos jeux, mes amis from Hamlet
12 LEONCAVALLO Vesti la giubba from Pagliacci
13 DONIZETTI Sulla tomba che rinserra from Lucia di Lammermoor
14 DONIZETTI Una furtiva lagrima from L’Elisir d’Amore
15 RICCI Io non sono più l’Annetta from Crispino e la Comare
16 VERDI Parigi, o cara from La Traviata
Joan Sutherland soprano
Luciano Pavarotti tenor
The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra
Richard Bonynge conductor
Recorded live in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, January 1983