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Sutherland, Dame Joan,

1926–2010, Australian coloratura soprano and one of the most famous singers of the 20th cent. Sutherland studied in her hometown of Sydney, where she made her concert debut (1947) in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and her operatic debut (1951) in Eugene Goossen's Judith. She moved to London in 1951 and studied at the Royal College of Music. Sutherland was acclaimed for her astounding range, from low G to above high C; for her warm and vibrant voice, intense yet lyrical; and for her superb, seemingly effortless technique. Beginning in 1952 she was a leading singer at London's Royal Opera House Covent Garden. She debuted at both La Scala, Milan and the Metropolitan Opera in 1961. Sutherland was considered unsurpassed among her contemporaries in the bel canto repertory. She was particularly celebrated for her singing of the title role in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor. She frequently performed with her husband, Richard Bonynge, conducting. She was created a Dame of the British Empire in 1978, and she retired in 1990.

Bibliography

See her autobiography (1997) and J. Sutherland and R. Bonynge, The Joan Sutherland Album (1986); biographies by R. R. Braddon (1962), E. Greenfield (1973), B. Adams (1980), and N. Major (1987, repr. 1994); Q. Eaton, Sutherland and Bonynge: An Intimate Biography (1987); M. Oxenbould, Joan Sutherland: A Tribute (1989).

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Can Varla's heady combination of the hair of Ann-Margret, the rack of Dolly Parton, and the voice, of Joan Sutherland on ecstasy be safely exported?
Many celebrities, including film stars Roger Moore and Sophia Loren, singer Dame Joan Sutherland and racing driver Jackie Stewart have sent their children to Aiglon in the past to join classmates from 53 countries.
When you've seen him sprawled across the velvet throws that cover a sofa in his Greenwich Village apartment, though, it gets easier to sense in the adult Busch--a lithe, slight figure with corn-fed looks and a precocious adolescent's rapidfire delivery--a ghost of the awestruck eight-year-old who was taken by his father to the old Metropolitan Opera house to see Joan Sutherland perform.
As an example, I would offer Bellini's I Puritani, recently performed by Joan Sutherland at the Metropolitan Opera.
Ymhlith yr 20 terfynol mae'r Gymraes o Abertawe, Celine Forrest, yn cystadlu am dair gwobr; teitl BBC Canwr y Byd, Gwobr Can BBC Canwr y Byd, a Gwobr Cynulleidfa Y Fonesig Joan Sutherland.
She performed Marfa's aria from Rimsky-Korsakov's The Tsar's Bride with unswerving confidence and tenderness, while she was fearless in her approach to The Bell Song, from Delibe's Lakme, giving a forceful performance which would have pleased the late Dame Joan Sutherland, the competition's first patron.
It would be a duller world that had to forego the possibility of another Dame Joan Sutherland or Edna Everage, so I was delighted to see Australia's outgoing Governor-General become Dame Quentin Bryce.
Sylvia not only played Frankie Vaughan, she interviewed him, too, as well as the likes of Birmingham-born actor Tony Britton, the late film director Roy Boulting, actor Donald Sinden and the late opera star Joan Sutherland.
Melbourne, Oct 12 (ANI): Australia's most famous opera singer, Dame Joan Sutherland, passed away at her home in Switzerland aged 83.
Australian soprano Joan Sutherland has had her greatness celebrated in at least two major documentaries, which in itself is a testament to her importance as an artist and to the esteem and affection with which she is regarded by the public.
Sin duda, uno de los mas importates tenores y, en general, voces operisticas del siglo pasado (junto, por ejemplo, con Joan Sutherland, Placido Domingo y los espanoles Montserrat Caballe y Jose Carreras), Pavarotti conservo los prodigios de su voz, pudiendo ofrecer verdaderas joyas del arte efimero que es el canto en la opera.