Monday, October 11, 2010

More coverage on the death of Dame Joan Sutherland

For opera lovers of a certain age, Sutherland represents an ethos that simply doesn't exist anymore. She is the epitome of a singer as gateway to catharsis, the portal to transcendence. -NPR: Remembering 'La Stupenda'

Regarded as one of the finest opera singers of the 20th Century - Dame Joan Sutherland was known for her remarkable technique, and her voice of intense warmth and startling range.

Here - following the announcement of her death at the age of 83 - look back the stage presence of La Stupenda, or The Stunning One, as she was nicknamed by the Italians.
-BBC: Audio slideshow: Dame Joan Sutherland

Joan Sutherland received acclaim, not just for her singing ability but also her warmth and down to earth manner. She would never refuse to meet her public after a performance and take time to chat and sign programmes.

Not for her the flashes of petulance which are exhibited by some of her modern counterparts. She was a consummate professional who once said that she was happy to sing the roles that she was given and obviously took great joy in doing so.
-BBC: Obituary- Dame Joan Sutherland

Nov. 22, 1966: Times music critic Martin Bernheimer interviews Joan Sutherland … in his Volkswagen? Yes, it’s true. She and Ricky (her husband, conductor Richard Bonynge) are getting ready to do “Lucia” at the new Met, which will be his debut. -Los Angeles Time: Voices – Joan Sutherland, 1926 – 2010

Over a career that spanned more than 40 years, with fully 75 opera roles in her well-traveled repertoire, Joan Sutherland is being remembered as one of the last singers who truly earned the title prima donna...

...Sutherland, or "La Stupenda" -- as the Italian press dubbed her -- had many qualities: a tall, sensible and hard-working Australian who toured tirelessly; a singer with a healthy ego that was always tempered by self-deprecating humor; a voice that had a beautiful, clear quality in the high register, but which could negotiate rapid ornamentation in any register with ease.
-WQXR: Music World Pays Tribute to Famed Soprano Joan Sutherland

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