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Joan Sutherland Sings the Mad Scene from Lucia

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Since the passing of soprano Joan Sutherland on Monday, fans are remembering her great performances. She made her breakthrough in a London performance of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor in 1959. She again sang it to great acclaim at the Metropolitan Opera in 1961. In this excerpt from WQXR's "A Musical Review of 1961," we hear the famous "Mad Scene" in its entirety.

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