Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Donizetti - Lucia di Lammermoor / Richard Bonynge Sydney Opera House|
Actors: Richard Greager, Sergei Baigildin, Robin Donald, Malcolm Donnelly, Clifford Grant
Director: Peter Butler
Genres: Indie & Art House, Musicals & Performing Arts
Lucia di Lammermoor catapulted Joan Sutherland to international fame in 1959. It is a role with which her name is now inextricably linked and one which provides a perfect showcase for her remarkable vocal agility and actin... more »
Mr James Cole | London | 04/13/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"People on here constantly say JS should have retired years before she did. I for one am glad she did not. I saw here three times in the late eighties, twice in concert, once in Anna Bolena and she did not disappoint. The minute she opened here mouth you knew who u were listening to; her voice is unique.I remember watching this performance for the first time some years ago; it was broadcast on satellite in the Uk by BSB. I remember thinking it must have been a recording from the late seventies and was amazed on finding the date of the performance was 1986.Sutherland's voice is incredibly fresh; you won't hear a better Lucia; her opening scene and the following Regnava etc is amazing; and would have been amazing is he were 30 at the time of recording rather than 60.I have all the vidoes and dvd's of JS. This without a doubt (although Lucrezia, Anna Bolena and Norma are close); is the best I have heard her sing on visual media. Her acting is credible; her voice, for a grandmother, is startling.Buy this!"
Rogerio Augusto | Brazil, South America | 04/04/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great recording. The artists performance are excellent. Sutherland is excellent despite she isn't in her glorious days. The only problem: the sound is not that excellent thing. There is an inconvenient (high)background noise in the whole recording."
Joseph Hart | Visalia, CA United States | 09/17/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I usually (much to my grief before I started doing it) read a few reviews before spending so much money for a DVD. Classical music is criminally overpriced, particularly when 99.99% of the country hates it! Sigh. So before buying Sutherland in Lucia, I read the "reviews." Everyone was obsessed with her age and insisted that she'd lost her voice (and the sky is falling too, and she's too big (as compared to what) and she can't act (oh yes she can) and she's ugly (I think she's beautiful and she has a very natural warm reticent smile) all of which is just cruel and foolish and small minded when up against such a major, major talent, if singing is genius, she's got it). I believed it and bought the MET version and thought I was happy. Then tonight I watched the mad scene from this version (the 1986 one) on a collection of excerpts from her famous roles, and it knocked my socks off. It was so much better, and her voice far from being worn out (poor old thing) was clear and distinct and absolutely wonderful. Well, this version is apparently out of print. I couldn't find it anywhere and I wanted it desperately. Finally I found a copy through an Amazon seller and ordered it. If the rest of the opera is as good (and I don't see any reason why it shouldn't be) as the mad scene I saw tonight (bloodier, more business, even better singing, some interacting with the chorus members are a few things that struck me, and apparently they struck the audience too, because she was required to stand up and take a bow right then and there, thus interrupting the opera and the story), if it's as good as that, I struck gold."
A terrific performance of an opera I have seen many times.
Ida J. Jeppesen | Austin, TX USA | 01/08/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sutherland is superb as Lucia. The production was as good as I have seen. It lent it self well to experiencing it via DVD."