Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Gaetano Donizetti, Friedrich Haider, Edita Gruberova|
Donizetti - Linda di Chamounix / Gruberova, Bernardini, Groop, Kim; Haider
Lucia di Lammermoor with a happy ending
Michel | Montreal, Quebec | 06/24/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Linda di Chamounix is a fine example of an opera semiseria, reminiscent in its pastoral setting to La Sonnambula. It contains much beautiful music and a mandatory mad scene, hence the reason it was nicknamed Lucia di Lammermoor with a happy ending. Edita Gruberova, a true coloratura soprano in the tradition of Joan Sutherland and Beverly Sills, does a fine job. Notwithstan ding a few wiry high notes she sings the role with delicacy and musicality, capturing the character s naivete well. She is well partnered in Don Bernardini who blends well with her in the duet and manages his solos arias with elegance. The rest of the cast is more than adequate, especially the Pierrotto of Monica Groop and the sonorous Antonio of Ettore Kim (only 28 at the time of recording). Chorus and orchestra are very good and well conducted by Friedrich Haider. This set was taped live during a concert version of the opera therefore there are no stage noises and applauses are minimal and unobstrusive. A very fine set of a somewhat neglected opera."