OP2161. LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, Live Performance, 26 Feb., 1959, w.Serafin Cond. Royal Opera House Ensemble; Joan Sutherland, João Gibin, John Shaw, Joseph Rouleau, Kenneth MacDonald, etc. (E.U.) 2-Myto 00290. - 0801439902909
“Here [Sutherland] is the primary focus of interest. It is hard to imagine her realisation of Lucia as presented here ever being bettered. Her conception is exceptionally feminine and is delivered with a vocal virtuosity that is simply breathtaking….Throughout the evening, Serafin’s mastery of the…score is fully evident….If future issues in this welcome series can maintain or even approach [this] exalted level…opera-lovers everywhere are in for an extended treat.”
- David Patmore, CLASSIC RECORD COLLECTOR, Autumn, 2006
“...Sutherland is much what she would be for the next quarter-century: the finest vocal technician of her time….her vocalism is wondrous to the ear; to this day, it remains unchallenged in terms of security and reliability. She commands admiration.”
- Paul Jackson, SIGN-OFF FOR THE OLD MET, p.391
"In her own time, there was a tendency to take Sutherland for granted, so consistent were her high standards of technique, musicianship and, yes, acting. Her total command of the stage was always formidable. No recording can really give an impression of how big the voice was….it had an astonishing and physically thrilling impact."
- Patrick O’Connor, GRAMOPHONE, Jan., 2007