When I was growing up in the 70's, Beverly Sills was probably America's best known opera singer, a star who not only appeared on the opera stage, but who could also be seen constantly on talk shows, non-operatic TV specials, and even on "The Muppet Show"! I developed a love for her voice, her personal charm, her keen acting ability, and her fantastic sense of humour early on and never lost it. Sadly, in the 80's and 90's she fell into something of an eclipse, largely due to the fact that very few of her recordings were available on CD. Fortunately, DG's recent aquisition of some of her finest recordings has created a real Sills renaissance, and this compilation is perfect for every opera fan who would like to get aquainted or re-aquainted with her glorious voice. Almost every aspect of her repertoire is represented here and shown off to its full extent, from her highly dramatic Donizetti "Three Queens" portrayals, to her melting reading of Mozart's exquisite "Ruhe Sanft" to her amazingly beautiful (and formerly very hard to find) recording of the final scene from Strauss' "Daphne". A must have for every opera fan, this is Sills at her best, truly America's greatest diva!