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Joan Sutherland

"Joan Sutherland was wickedly good in her hayday"



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Dame Joan Alston Sutherland, OM, AC, DBE (7 November 1926 – 10 October 2010) was an Australian dramatic coloratura soprano noted for her contribution to the renaissance of the bel canto repertoire from the late 1950s through to the 1980s.
One of the most remarkable female opera singers of the 20th century, she was dubbed La Stupenda by a La Fenice audience in 1960 after a performance of the title role in Handel's Alcina. She possessed a voice of beauty and power, combining extraordinary agility, accurate intonation, "supremely" pinpoint staccatos, a splendid trill and a tremendous upper register, although music critics often complained about the imprecision of her diction. Her friend Luciano Pavarotti once called Sutherland the "Voice of the Century"; Montserrat Caballé described the Australian's voice as being like "heaven".

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Dame Joan Sutherland was supremely talented, significantly more so than any other sopranos I've listened to. She sounded effortless in anything she sang. Her vocal dexterity and strength was unparalleled.

The legendary 20th century soprano, Maria Callas, died before I was born, so I did not have the pleasure of getting acquainted with her voice as much as I did Sutherland. Even so, Joan Sutherland's voice was arguably more versatile and more capable of high notes than Callas. Make no mistake, they were both great in their own ways.

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