Joan Sutherland's stunning Met debut as Lucia di Lammermoor

"The Metropolitan Opera season has produced the debut of a soprano, Joan Sutherland, of Australia, who is almost unimaginably good. Resultantly, the Sunday night audience went nearly berserk with delight during and after the climaxing mad scene in "Lucia de Lammermoor." Although explosions of enthusiasm are familiar enough, though never common, at the Met nothing comparable is recalled in recent times. There wasn't applause but wild beatings of palms; not bravos but roars of exultant appreciation. There were 10 genuine, unforced, prolonged solo curtain calls. At the sixth the examples of a few who were standing became the complete audience."- Variety

Presented here in superb XR-remastered Ambient Stereo from fabulous new transfers of the broadcast performance of 9 December, 1961, this is an unmissable treat for all opera-lovers.