Lily Pons - Coloratura Assoluta
Pons produces notes that seem to come from the heavens, heard most remarkably in her "Caro nome" from 'Rigoletto' and Olympia's aria from 'Les Contes d'Hoffmann.' Never sounding like a robot or a mere technician, she brings her effervescent personality to each work in these recordings.
In addition to arias from the operas Pons regularly performed in repertory at the Met, the set includes other composer's works (Milhaud, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Bishop), all artfully executed. Pons lived during a time when opera singers were viewed as movie stars with great voices to boot. Her star-quality shines through on these discs, and one hopes that such a presence will emerge again in modern times.
Catalog Number: SONY60655
Composer: Alexander Alyabyev, Ambroise Thomas, André Modeste Grétry, Charles Gounod, Claude Debussy, Darius Milhaud, Frank La Forge, Gabriel Fauré, Gaetano Donizetti, George Gershwin, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Giuseppe Verdi, Henri Duparc, Henry Bishop, Jacques Offenbach, Johann Paul A. Martini, Léo Delibes, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Vincenzo Bellini
Conductor: Andre Kostelanetz, Maurice Abravanel, Pietro Cimara
Orchestra/Ensemble: Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra, Columbia Concert Orchestra, Columbia Opera Orchestra, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Orchestra
Performer: Frank La Forge, Lily Pons