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A triumph for Dame Joan Sutherland in her signature role
One word, unmissable. You are seriously missing out if you haven't seen this, it is absolutely fantastic in every sense. Dame Joan Sutherland, one of the greatest colouratura sopranos ever, gives an astounding performance in the title role, singing some of the fiendishly difficult arias with effortless bravado. Alfredo Kraus also impresses as Edgardo, with his strong tenor voice and handsome stature, as does Pablo Elviro as the scheming Enrico and Paul Plishka as a typically sonorous Raimondo. The orchestra was fabulous, what a sound it made, born to do Bel Canto. As for the score by Donizetti, and I mustn't forget the score... it was outstanding. From the beautiful sextet to the challenging Mad Scene that will give you goosebumps, it was an absolute joy to the ears. Not to mention the gorgeous costumes and sets, that was just how I imagined it. This version of Lucia Di Lammermoor is an essential to your opera collection, and a delight from start to finish. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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