Recorded in 1969, when the great Australian dramatic coloratura
soprano was only 43, this set captures Sutherland in her absolute prime.
Finally, Hwang Sin Nyung's Queen of the Night showed off a voice larger than is normally associated with the role--a good lyric soprano with an upper extension singing a dramatic coloratura
Although dramatic coloratura
June Anderson rises to most of the challenges, her voice has lost some of its former beauty and bloom.
The ease of her sustained, clarion, arcing high notes, the sumptuous depth of her middle register, the woody, fruity, seductive quality of her low tones, the cascade of her fioratura--this was clearly a dramatic coloratura
soprano in the making.
The heavier Bellini roles in I Puritani and Norma were performed by the elegant Agathe Martel, whose rich, woody sound speaks of a genuine dramatic coloratura
in the making.