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Joan Sutherland Archive

Dame Joan Sutherland was an internationally acclaimed Australian operatic soprano, widely regarded as one of the greatest bel canto singers of all time. She was born on November 7, 1926 in Sydney, Australia and attended St Catherine's School in Waverley. In the 1951 she travelled to London and studied at the Royal College of Music and was accepted into the Royal Opera Company, Covent Garden where she debuted in Mozart's ‘The Magic Flute’. In 1954 she married Australian conductor and pianist Richard Bonynge, and with his help began honing her flexible coloratura range. In 1959, Joan's work paid off as her Lucia in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor received critical acclaim. In 1960, she recorded the album The Art of the Prima Donna, which remains today one of the most recommended opera albums ever recorded: the double LP set won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Performance – Vocal Soloist in 1962. For the next few years, Joan travelled the world and performed on various stages. She made her Met debut as Lucia in 1961, and in the same year, her performance at Milan's La Scala earned her the nickname of ‘La Stupenda.’ Sutherland played an important part in a revival of interest in French opera, notably in neglected Massenet works such as ‘Esclarmonde’ and ‘Le Roi de Lahore’. During her career Joan Sutherland received many honours, including Australian of the Year in 1961, Dame of the British Empire in 1979, and the Order of Merit in 1991. Her last full-length dramatic performance was as Marguerite de Valois (Les Huguenots) at the Sydney Opera House in 1990, and her last public appearance, however, took place in a gala performance of ‘Die Fledermaus’ on New Year's Eve, 1990. After retirement, Sutherland made relatively few public appearances. She died at home in Switzerland in 2010 at the age of 83, following a long illness.

OCTOBER 20, 1994: BRISBANE, QLD. SYDNEY, NSW....
By Anna Rogers
20 October, 1994
OCTOBER 20, 1994: BRISBANE, QLD. SYDNEY, NSW....
By Anna Rogers
20 October, 1994
OCTOBER 20, 1994: BRISBANE, QLD. SYDNEY, NSW....
By Verity Chambers
20 October, 1994
OCTOBER 20, 1994: BRISBANE, QLD. SYDNEY, NSW....
By Anna Rogers
20 October, 1994
AUGUST 14, 1990: SYDNEY, NSW. Opera singer Dame...
By Peter Kurnik
07 October, 1994
OCTOBER 6, 1994: SYDNEY, NSW. Opera singer Dame...
By Paul Burston
06 October, 1994
OCTOBER 6, 1994: SYDNEY, NSW. Opera singer Dame...
By Paul Burston
06 October, 1994
OCTOBER 6, 1994: SYDNEY, NSW. Opera singer Dame...
By Paul Burston
06 October, 1994
OCTOBER 6, 1994: SYDNEY, NSW. Opera singer Dame...
By Paul Burston
06 October, 1994
OCTOBER 6, 1994: SYDNEY, NSW. Opera singer Dame...
By Paul Burston
06 October, 1994
SEPTEMBER 21, 1993: BRISBANE, QLD. MONACO, MCO....
By Gregg Porteous
21 September, 1993
JULY 14, 1993: SYDNEY, NSW. Opera singer Dame...
By Anna Rogers
14 July, 1993
JULY 14, 1993: SYDNEY, NSW. Opera singer Dame...
By Anna Rogers
14 July, 1993
JULY 14, 1993: SYDNEY, NSW. Opera singer Dame...
By Anna Rogers
14 July, 1993
JULY 14, 1993: SYDNEY, NSW. Opera singer Dame...
By Anna Rogers
14 July, 1993
JUNE 28, 1993: BRISBANE, QLD. SYDNEY, NSW. Signor...
By Alan Pryke
28 June, 1993
AUGUST 9, 1992: SYDNEY, NSW. Opera singer Dame...
By Patrick Hamilton
09 August, 1992
AUGUST 9, 1992: SYDNEY, NSW. Opera singer Dame...
By Patrick Hamilton
09 August, 1992
FEBRUARY 20, 1992: BRISBANE, QLD. SYDNEY, NSW....
By Michael Perini
20 February, 1992
FEBRUARY 20, 1992: BRISBANE, QLD. SYDNEY, NSW....
By Ross Schultz
20 February, 1992
AUGUST 5, 1991: SYDNEY, NSW. Opera singer Dame...
By Tracee Lea
05 August, 1991
JULY 30, 1991: BRISBANE, QLD. SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R)...
By Lily Micudaj
30 July, 1991
JULY 30, 1991: BRISBANE, QLD. SYDNEY, NSW. Opera...
By Lily Micudaj
30 July, 1991
JULY 30, 1991: BRISBANE, QLD. SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R)...
By Frank Violi
30 July, 1991
JULY 18, 1991: BRISBANE, QLD. SYDNEY, NSW. Opera...
By News Ltd
18 July, 1991
JULY 18, 1991: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Opera singer...
By News Ltd
18 July, 1991
JULY 9, 1991: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Dame Joan Sutherland...
By Mark Evans
09 July, 1991
APRIL 5, 1991: SYDNEY, NSW. Opera singer Dame...
By Adam Knott
05 April, 1991
APRIL 5, 1991: SYDNEY, NSW. Opera singer Dame...
By Adam Knott
05 April, 1991
FEBRUARY 18, 1991: MELBOURNE, VIC. Opera singer...
By News Ltd
18 February, 1991
FEBRUARY 17, 1991: BRISBANE, QLD. SYDNEY, NSW....
By Marco Del Grande
18 February, 1991
FEBRUARY 17, 1991: BRISBANE, QLD. SYDNEY, NSW....
By Marco Del Grande
17 February, 1991
FEBRUARY 15, 1991: SYDNEY, NSW. Opera singer Dame...
By Barry McKinnon
15 February, 1991
FEBRUARY 14, 1991: SYDNEY, NSW. Opera singer Dame...
By Barry McKinnon
14 February, 1991
FEBRUARY 14, 1991: SYDNEY, NSW. Opera singer Dame...
By Patrick Hamilton
14 February, 1991
OCTOBER 2, 1990: SYDNEY, NSW. Opera singer Dame...
By Colin Murty
02 October, 1990
OCTOBER 2, 1990: SYDNEY, NSW. Opera singer Dame...
By Adam Knott
02 October, 1990
OCTOBER 2, 1990: SYDNEY, NSW. Opera singer Dame...
By Martin Johnston
02 October, 1990
OCTOBER 2, 1990: SYDNEY, NSW. Opera singer Dame...
By Adam Knott
02 October, 1990
OCTOBER 2, 1990: SYDNEY, NSW. Opera singer Dame...
By Marco Del Grande
02 October, 1990
OCTOBER 2, 1990: SYDNEY, NSW. Opera singer Dame...
By Marco Del Grande
02 October, 1990
OCTOBER 2, 1990: SYDNEY, NSW. Opera singer Dame...
By Colin Murty
02 October, 1990
OCTOBER 2, 1990: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Opera singer...
By News Ltd
02 October, 1990
OCTOBER 2, 1990: SYDNEY, NSW. Opera singer Dame...
By Colin Murty
02 October, 1990
OCTOBER 2, 1990: SYDNEY, NSW. Opera singer Dame...
By Adam Knott
02 October, 1990
OCTOBER 2, 1990: SYDNEY, NSW. Opera singer Dame...
By Colin Murty
02 October, 1990
OCTOBER 2, 1990: SYDNEY, NSW. Opera singer Dame...
By News Ltd
02 October, 1990
OCTOBER 10, 1990: BRISBANE, QLD. SYDNEY, NSW....
By News Ltd
02 October, 1990
OCTOBER 2, 1990: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Federal Treasurer...
By News Ltd
02 October, 1990
OCTOBER 2, 1990: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Richard Bonynge,...
By News Ltd
02 October, 1990
SEPTEMBER 28, 1990: BRISBANE, QLD. SYDNEY, NSW....
By Geoff Beatty
28 September, 1990
SEPTEMBER 18, 1990: SYDNEY, NSW. Opera singer...
By Dave Fullagar
18 September, 1990
AUGUST 18, 1990: BRISBANE, QLD. SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R)...
By News Ltd
18 August, 1990
AUGUST 15, 1990: BRISBANE, QLD. SYDNEY, NSW. Opera...
By Peter Kurnik
15 August, 1990
AUGUST 14, 1990: BRISBANE, QLD. SYDNEY, NSW. Opera...
By Peter Kurnik
15 August, 1990
AUGUST 15, 1990: SYDNEY, NSW. Opera singer Dame...
By News Ltd
15 August, 1990
AUGUST 14, 1990: SYDNEY, NSW. Opera singer Dame...
By Peter Kurnik
14 August, 1990
AUGUST 14, 1990: SYDNEY, NSW. Opera singer Dame...
By Peter Kurnik
14 August, 1990
AUGUST 14, 1990: SYDNEY, NSW. Opera singer Dame...
By Peter Kurnik
14 August, 1990
AUGUST 6, 1990: SYDNEY, NSW. Opera singer Dame...
By Sahlan Hayes
06 August, 1990
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