A Gala Concert With Joan Sutherland And Marilyn Horne (Sydney 1986)
1986 one of opera's legendary partnerships was celebrated in A Gala
Concert with Joan Sutherland and Marilyn Horne at Sydney Opera House.
Under the musical direction of Sutherland's husband and long term
conductor Richard Bonynge, the great soprano and mezzo soprano treated
their audience to an epic evening of solos and duets from works with
which they had long since become indelibly linked. The concert was
preserved and transmitted as an Esso-sponsored night at the opera by
the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Each diva is given ample room
to shine individually. Here in all their glory are Sutherland's "Les
Oiseaux dans la Charmille", the mechanical doll's aria from Offenbach's
Tales of Hoffmann and Horne's "Iris, Hence Away" from Handel's Semele.
Magical duets include "Serbami Ognor si Fido" (Rossini's Semiramide),
"Viens Mallika, les Lianes en Fleurs" (Delibes' Lakme, much-used in
their advertisements by British Airways) and of course the "Barcarolle"
from Hoffmann. The overwhelming effect is of their passion for the
music and the great professional respect and friendship which
Sutherland and Horne clearly feel for each other as two of the greatest
champions of the bel canto repertoire in living memory. Essential
viewing for anyone remotely interested in operatic history.