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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

The Huntington Estate Music Festival is one of the brightest stars in Australia’s musical firmament. For three decades, it has been bringing together top-flight musicians from around the country and around the world to present a breathtaking array of chamber music masterpieces, both iconic favourites and delicious new discoveries. Presented by the Huntington Estate Winery in association with Musica Viva Australia, and held in the winery’s Barrel Room, one of the most remarkable and surprising music venues in the world, the Festival is a delight to audiences and musicians alike.After 30 stellar years of exceptional music-making, however, the 2019 Festival will be the last, with Huntington Estate owners Tim and Nicky Stevens reluctantly deciding that their grapes – and their young family – must come first. To mark this significant occasion, ABC Classic is proud to delve into its broadcast archives to present this selection of some of the Festival’s most memorable performances across a typically diverse and intriguing range of repertoire: from Schubert and Dvořák to Bach’s astonishing eldest son Wilhelm Friedemann and Australian composers Ross Edwards and Ian Munro.It was Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra who began the Festival and established it as a serious contender on the world stage – and the hottest concert tickets in the country! This album includes superb three recordings from those early years: music of Mendelssohn, Brahms and Percy Grainger.In 2006, the ACO passed the baton to Musica Viva and Artistic Director Carl Vine, opening up the Festival’s artist roster to an extraordinary range of musicians, both local and international. From among the literally hundreds of thrilling performances, this album features New York-based Australian pianist Andrea Lam, Russian-Armenian clarinettist Narek Arutyunian, the rich bass-baritone of Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Vienna’s acclaimed Eggner Trio, along with regular Festival guests the Goldner String Quartet and the rising stars of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) Chamber Orchestra.…/2The CD of this compilation is available exclusively at the Festival itself, but for all those who can’t make the trip to Mudgee, ABC Classic is releasing the full album as a digital album, for download and streaming, so that audiences all around the world can share in the celebration. TRACKLISTING  1     MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’: II. Vivace non troppo2     BRAHMS arr. ANGERER Chorale Prelude ‘O Gott, du frommer Gott’3     GRAINGER Blithe Bells       Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti director (2002 / 2004)        SCHUBERT4     An die Musik (To Music)5     Erlkönig (The Erl-King)6     Die Forelle (The Trout)7     Die Taubenpost (Pigeon Post) from Schwanengesang       Teddy Tahu Rhodes bass-baritone, Kristian Chong piano (2007)        WF BACH Sinfonia in F major ‘Dissonant’8     I. Vivace9     II. Andante10   III. Vivace11   IV. Menuetto I & II       ANAM Chamber Orchestra, Paul Wright violin / conductor (2010)      12   ROSS EDWARDS String Quartet No. 2 ‘Shekina Fantasy’:       I. Allegro moderato       Goldner String Quartet (2010)        MENDELSSOHN13   Song without Words Op. 67 No. 2 – Allegro leggiero14   Song without Words Op. 85 No. 4 – Andante sostenuto       Andrea Lam piano (2012) 15   WEBER Clarinet Quintet in B-flat major: II. Fantasia       Narek Arutyunian clarinet, Australian String Quartet (2012)        MUNRO Piano Trio No. 2 ‘Book of Lullabies’ – Excerpts16   II. Lullaby in Edo17   III. Kun Mun Kultani Tulisi18   IV. Skye Boat Song       Dimity Hall violin, Julian Smiles cello, Ian Munro piano (2013) 19   DVOŘÁK Piano Trio No. 1: II. Adagio molto e mesto       Eggner Trio (2015)