Notes & Reviews:
[The recorded sound] is vivid, rather spacious ... Dame Joan Sutherland produces generous quantities of golden tone ... NafT does ['Dove sei'] very beautifully, gently yet with firm, well-formed tone. Her siciliano aria, where Bertarido despairs over his wife's supposed inconstancy, is particularly fine, as too is the intense accompanied recitative sung in a prison cell. Curtis Rayam shows a capable tenor in the role - one of the earliest important ones for a tenor - of the usurper Grimoaldo, with accurate singing in the rapid music and graceful phrasing in the attractive aria early in Act 2. His siciliano sleep song in Act 3 is affectingly done.