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Lucrezia Borgia (1980)

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Joan Sutherland ...
Alfredo Kraus ...
Gennaro
Anne Howells ...
Stafford Dean ...
Francis Egerton ...
Rustighello
Roderick Kennedy ...
Astolfo
Paul Hudson ...
Gubetta
Robin Leggate ...
Liberotto
Jonathan Summers ...
Gazella
Philip Gelling ...
Michael Goldthorpe ...
Edward Sadler ...
Usher
Anthony Smith ...
Cup bearer
Alan Jenkins ...
Sepulebrad Voice
Gwynneth Price ...
Principessa Negroni
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Ooh, the production
21 April 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I don't suppose Lucrezia Borgia will ever be one of my favourite operas, but it is beautifully sung here. The star is in splendid voice; Alfredo Kraus, who had been singing for at least a quarter century in 1980, is very eloquent and touching (I remember his fine Werther); Anne Howells and Stafford Dean do very well. There is a problem with this production, and it is that the sets and costumes are very opulent, sometimes distracting us from the drama.

The scenes unfold before our dazzled eyes; sometimes it's like looking at a Klimt painting come to life. Anne Howells is singing a trouser role, Matteo, and she wears doublets with huge puffed sleeves that make her look almost grotesque. Wasn't there any sharp eye among the costumers that would have caught this? Still this is a very entertaining night at the opera.


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