A Coloratura Spectacular

September 19, 2020, 4:30 pm

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Illustration from the 1881 premiere of Jacques Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann, showing the Olympia act

Vocal pyrotechnics abound with high ‘C’s, trills, and singing techniques that’ll leave you breathless. At their best are Joan Sutherland, Alfred Deller, Lucia Popp, Sigrid Onégin, and Magda Olivero.

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“Hark, How All Things With One Sound Rejoice” from The Fairy-Queen by Henry Purcell
Alfred Deller, countertenor; with string orchestra and harpsichord
(London 1953. EMI 2 36087 2)

“Queen of the Night” aria from Die Zauberflöte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Lucia Popp, soprano; Philharmonia Orchestra; Otto Klemperer, conductor
(London 1964. EMI 2 28952 2)

“Prison Scene” from Le prophète by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Sigrid Onégin, contralto; with Orchestra
(New York 1929. EMI 2 36839 2)

“Sempre Libera” from La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi
Magda Olivero, soprano; with Orchestra

“O luce di quest’anima” from Linda di Chamounix by Gaetano Donizetti
Joan Sutherland, soprano; Orchestre de la Société des concerts du Conservatoire; Nello Santi, conductor
(Paris 1959. LONDON 421 305-2)