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Sutherland's interpretation is amazingly dramatic!,
This review is from: Donizetti: Maria Stuarda (Audio CD)
This Maria Stuarda was recorded in 1975 when Joan Sutherland's voice had already developed in a true dramatic coloratura, with an incredible low register and a heavier and more metallic timbre. However, she could still fit perfectly the highest notes. It means her voice was in her best vocal performance for a role like Maria Stuarda. Besides, she gives us a strong and intelligent interpretation of Maria Stuarda. In the powerful scene in which the two rivals (Maria and Elisabetta) meet, she cries "Figlia impura di Bolena" emphasizing in each word and shouting "Vil bastarda!" with force and hate. On the other hand, in the final scene she is kind of trying not to cry, but the sadness is marked in her voice.
The rest of the cast is not less incredible. Huguette Tourangeau has a dark and melifluous voice that fits very well in the role of Elisabetta and Luciano Pavarotti was in his most absolute prime. Richard Bonynge's conducting follows the singers with harmony and style.
In a vocally and dramatically demanding opera such as Maria Stuarda nobody could do it better than this incredible cast formed by Sutherland, Pavarotti, Tourangeau and Bonynge.