A Gala Concert Live From Sydney Opera House

Sutherland‚ joined in Sydney by Horne and Bonynge‚ but did ‘you really have to be there’?

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: (Clément Philibert) Léo Delibes, George Frideric Handel, Julius Benedict, Giacomo Meyerbeer, (Louis Joseph) Ferdinand Hérold, Gioachino Rossini, Stephen Collins Foster, Gaetano Donizetti, Jacques Offenbach

Genre:

DVD

Label: Arthaus Musik

Media Format: Digital Versatile Disc

Catalogue Number: 100 262

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
Lakmé Marilyn Horne
(Clément Philibert) Léo Delibes Composer
Joan Sutherland
Richard Bonynge
Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra
Semele George Frideric Handel Composer
Marilyn Horne
Richard Bonynge
Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra
Radamisto George Frideric Handel Composer
Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra
Richard Bonynge
(The) Gypsy and the Bird Joan Sutherland
Julius Benedict Composer
Richard Bonynge
Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra
(Les) Huguenots Richard Bonynge
Marilyn Horne
Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra
Giacomo Meyerbeer Composer
Zampa (Louis Joseph) Ferdinand Hérold Composer
Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra
Richard Bonynge
(La) Donna del lago, '(The) Lady of the Lake' Marilyn Horne
Gioachino Rossini Composer
Richard Bonynge
Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra
Semiramide Gioachino Rossini Composer
Marilyn Horne
Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra
Richard Bonynge
Joan Sutherland
Beautiful dreamer Marilyn Horne
Richard Bonynge
Stephen Collins Foster Composer
Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra
Don Pasquale Gaetano Donizetti Composer
Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra
Richard Bonynge
(Les) Contes d'Hoffmann, '(The) Tales of Hoffmann' Marilyn Horne
Richard Bonynge
Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra
Joan Sutherland
Jacques Offenbach Composer
(La) cambiale di matrimonio Gioachino Rossini Composer
Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra
Richard Bonynge
(Les) Contes d'Hoffmann, '(The) Tales of Hoffmann' Richard Bonynge
Joan Sutherland
Jacques Offenbach Composer
Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra
Alcina George Frideric Handel Composer
Joan Sutherland
Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra
Richard Bonynge
Sydney harbour‚ Jørn Utzon’s opera house‚ a coolly spacious interior‚ expectation in the air and then – what a pleasant surprise if you haven’t looked at the programme in advance – Handel. The Overture to Radamisto: just the thing‚ telling of a world where greatness may be achieved when the spirit is free to delight in its energy. Then‚ first each in turn‚ then both together‚ we meet the great ladies whom everybody has come to hear‚ no longer young‚ it’s true‚ but with a good deal of voice left to them‚ still more of technique‚ and anyway they are themselves‚ renowned‚ almost legendary‚ and dear to the heart probably of everyone present. Such is the atmosphere in the house. In the home…well‚ it may be stretching a point to say that it is exactly the same. You can’t really pretend you are there‚ and‚ not being there‚ it’s not always easy to see that there is much to be gained from viewing on the box. The close­ups are of limited interest‚ pleasure and advisability. Beyond the singers can be glimpsed the faces of orchestral players‚ some of whom clearly don’t think they are paid to look as if they are enjoying themselves. At least one solo benefits from being seen as well as heard: in the Doll’s song from Les contes d’Hoffmann Sutherland performs to perfection the clockwork gestures‚ the running down of the mechanism and its re­winding. Horne‚ too‚ accompanies her singing with some delightful facial expressions as she accentuates the negative in the Page’s song from Les Huguenots. Those will be good to see again; I don’t forsee many happy returns for this DVD otherwise. The recorded sound is probably quite faithful‚ but in all honesty‚ much as there is to admire‚ I didn’t greatly enjoy it. Twenty years earlier the quality of the voices would have been very different. Oddly perhaps (and perhaps not)‚ after all the bravura and brilliance‚ the abiding memory of singing that might have come from the years of their prime was Marilyn Horne’s encore‚ Stephen Foster’s Beautiful Dreamer.

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