Monday, 11 October 2010

Joan Sutherland 1926-2010

A sad day in the world of opera. Dame Joan Sutherland has passed away.
She died earlier today in her home in Switzerland. She was 83.
Her family has said that she died peacefully in her sleep.
One of the last legends in opera is no more.
She leaves a long legacy of recordings and performances behind.
Classicalify has many of them. She sang 256 performances of 23 roles in Sidney.
She did her first concert in Sidney 1947 as Dido by Purcell.
In 1950 she won the prestigious Mobil Quest award that gave her a name.
She made her London debut at the Royal Opera in Mozarts The Magic Flute two years later as the first lady. She auditioned three times. In 1954 she sang Countess Almviva in The Marriage of Figaro also by Mozart. The critics got their eye on her.
She sang Donizetti, Mozart,Bellini and a lot more.
She is famous for singing along with Pavarotti in Donizettis La fillé du Regimant which marked his debut in London. Dame Joan is survived by husband Richard Bonynge, son Adam and grandchildren.

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