This is a recording of Beverly Sills singing Lucia. Need I say more? Her voice is exactly as I imagine Lucia's should be. Sutherland's is more beautiful, but we miss out on the character. Callas does a good job with Lucia, but her voice is too big for true Bel Canto, as well as she sings it. I prefer Sills' voice when she was a bit younger, but she is still fabulous here. She actually portrays the character of Lucia above merely singing the arias beautifully, which, by the way, she does. Her ornamentation seems to add to the work in some undiscernable sense, and we get plenty of high notes--she even ends Disc II by holding out a high "F"!!! At all times, she retains musical integrity. Bergonzi is an apt match, though he seems to have something of a lisp. This recording also sports the glass armonica found nowhere else on disc, which greatly contributes to the Mad Scene with its otherwordly sound, even though the player misses some of the notes. The sound could be better, and Arturo's voice isn't very good in comparison to the other singers, but that's just fine--it doesn't have to be. We don't want him to outshine Edgardo. If you like Sills, Lucia di Lammermoor, Donizetti, Bel Canto operas, or opera in general, get a copy of this.