Lily Pons is a singer who needs no introduction. Though some may decry her lightweight tone and fallible technique, the film evidence suggests a performer of great charm.
Mozart – The Magic Flute – Aria of the Queen of the Night (Der Hölle Rache) Mozart – Marriage of Figaro – Cherubin’s Aria: “Voi che sapete” (both sung in French) Lily Pons, soprano Orchestra, Gustave Cloëz
Parlophone Odeon Series RO 20153 Matrices KI 2229-1, 2480-3 Recorded 26th February and 6th July 1929
Pons’s 1942 recordings of these arias with Bruno Walter conducting are much better known and more frequently reissued than her earlier versions. Both arias are in score pitch at 78rpm.