Welcome to our latest playlist, courtesy of classical music streaming specialist Primephonic.
All Limelight readers need to do to get listening is sign up for a free three-month trial – that’s a saving of $80 – using our special Limelight code BONYNGE19. You’ll need a credit card to register, but if you don’t enjoy the service you can simply cancel any time within your free three months.
Our latest curated Primephonic playlist is a must for anyone who appreciates opera and ballet and is a tribute to the conductor who inspired our special Primephonic code: Maestro Richard Bonynge.
Born in 1930, Bonynge is one of Australia’s most successful exports. A leading conductor of opera and ballet with a taste for the byways of 19th-century repertoire, he was also of course the husband and musical partner of the late Dame Joan Sutherland. As such, he conducted many of Sutherland’s finest operatic performances from 1962 until her retirement in 1990, and several of her greatest hits appear on our playlist: arias from The Tales of Hoffmann (Olympia’s stratospheric Doll Song), a duet from Norma with long-time collaborator Marilyn Horne, and rarities like Dinorah’s “shadow” aria and a gem from Bellini’s Beatrice di Tenda.
Other excerpts include some of the legendary singers that Bonynge worked with over the decades, from Pavarotti’s famous string of high Cs in Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment and his Di quella pira from Il Trovatore, to a delicious Auber curiosity courtesy of Sumi Jo, and Verdi from Australia’s own Greta Bradman. Filling in between the vocals are orchestral highlights such as the stirring grand march from Meyerbeer’s La Prophète and excerpts from Bonynge’s other love, ballet.
All you need to do is sign up, sit back and enjoy the ride.