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Patrick Mack
Parterre Box, January 2016

Richard Bonynge…makes an absolutely meringue out of the overture. He whips the froth into peaks so well and he’s positively in love with his little surprise Viennese downbeats. …The orchestra really outdoes itself for him and they positively revel in Strauss’ dash and melodic sparkle…

Mr. Pavarotti gifts us with the tenor aria from Cilea’s L’Arlesiana and I’d forgotten how utterly magnificent he was when he was on top of his game. At 55 years old he brings the audience to absolute rapture with his ardent phrasing and crisp diction.

Sutherland at 63 is still astonishing fleet in the passage work… © 2016 Parterre Box Read complete review

Lawrence D. Devoe, MD, January 2016

This gala farewell performance is oozing with joie de vivre. Although many of the excellent cast may be unfamiliar to today’s audiences, they form a terrific ensemble. Special mention goes to Otey’s physical prowess and flawless intonation, Bottone’s hysterical spoof of the Italian tenor, and the unusual touch of having a countertenor (Kowalski) inhabit a role that is usually portrayed by a woman. The cameo performances in Act II feature tenor Luciano Pavarotti, soprano Sutherland, and mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne in solos and duets of some of their signature roles. The “impromptu” program concludes with Dame Joan’s moving rendition of “Home, Sweet Home,” leaving nary a dry eye amongst an audience that gives out a long and raucous standing ovation. © 2016 Read complete review

Rad Bennett
RadsReferenceReviews, January 2016

…the mad scene from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor…finds Sutherland not only singing immaculately, but turning in an award caliber acting performance as a crazy lady who has just killed her newly wed husband. …highly entertaining and simply lots of fun… © 2016 RadsReferenceReviews Read complete review

Remy Franck
Pizzicato, December 2015

Sung in English, with added British humour, this Fledermaus with Gala from the Royal Opera House is a delightful video document with fine singing and staging. © 2015 Pizzicato

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