Joan Sutherland: Art of the Prima Donna
Joan Sutherland / Francesco Molinari-Pradelli / Orchestra Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Catalog Number: ALC 1125
Number of Discs: CD
Released: January 2011
First released by Decca in 1960 as a two LP set, “The Art of the Prima Donna” created a sensation among critics and opera fans, brought soprano Joan Sutherland and international following, and became one of the best-selling opera recordings of all time. The young Sutherland took on some of the most difficult coloratura soprano arias and demonstrated an astonishing level of ease, assurance, and control, recording this formidable program in a mere two days, with many arias done in a single take. Alto is pleased to make this landmark recording available at a super-value price.
[T]his album exhilarates me… Joan Sutherland takes sixteen tests in Advanced Vocalism, and sails through them with startling freedom, scattering grupetti and volate as she goes.”
– High Fidelity