The Art of Beverly Sills (2002)
Beverly Sills (soprano), Michel Trempont (vocals), Nicolai Gedda (tenor), Patricia Kern (vocals), Robert Lloyd (vocals), Stuart Burrows (vocals), Ambrosian Opera Chorus (choir, chorus), John Alldis Choir (choir, chorus)
composed by Ambroise Thomas, Douglas S. Moore, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Franz Lehár, Gaetano Donizetti, Gustave Charpentier, Jacques Offenbach, Jules Massenet, Richard Heuberger, Richard Strauss, Vincenzo Bellini, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
With the fine job that Beverly Sills has done navigating the treacherous waters of Fine Arts administration and as a gracious host on American public ... Show synopsis With the fine job that Beverly Sills has done navigating the treacherous waters of Fine Arts administration and as a gracious host on American public television, it is easy to forget that Sills was once the most popular operatic soprano in the United States. This is partly complicated in that, to date, "Bubbles" (as she is affectionately nicknamed) has not been particularly well served on CD. In recent years, that has begun to change, but mostly through the return of complete opera sets in which she sang. For those who mainly have a general interest in Sills' singing and personality, precious little has been made available. The Art of Beverly Sills comes through Deutsche Grammophon, but the recordings used are drawn from material made by the long-defunct ABC Records concern in the late '60s and early '70s. This was Sills' prime period; she never sounded better on record than for ABC. The repertoire here features light opera, such as is expected from "Bubbles," but there is also more serious fare, such...