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Dame Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti in Concert, 1979

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As a companion piece to the concert featuring opera greats Dame Joan Sutherland and Marilyn Horne, here is yet another historic evening from 1979 (January) in which Dame Joan is joined by yet another of her frequent colleagues, Luciano Pavarotti. Again, Sir Richard Bonynge conducts the New York Philharmonic.

The general audience pandemonium these great singers (including the fabulous Miss Horne in the October concert and a number of other artists active at the time) were able to generate with their performances is something I remember vividly from my own opera- and concert-going experiences during those years, including this particular concert which I actually attended. They had about them a truly larger-than-life vocal and physical presence rooted in a comprehensive command of their instruments and sheer joy in singing that was pure "magic", even when certain musical "bobbles" may have occurred (as they do in this concert).

Sadly, one rarely encounters this today.

I hope you enjoy both of these two fantastic evenings!

Dame Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti in Concert, 1979

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