A wonderful life ends, as they all do, pity, her work plays on, nice that.
JOAN SUTHERLAND, 83
Soprano's outsize voice dazzled the opera world
By Anne Midgette
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Joan Sutherland, one of the greatest operatic sopranos of her generation and creator of a legacy of recordings that remain unassailed benchmarks in the field, died Oct. 10 at her home near Geneva of undisclosed causes. She was 83.
Dubbed "La Stupenda" by Italian critics after her 1960 debut in Venice, the Australian-born Sutherland combined the vocal heft of a Wagnerian singer with the agility and high notes of a coloratura soprano.
She created powerful interpretations of great bel canto roles - the early 19th-century operas of Bellini, Donizetti and Rossini - that had lain dormant for decades when Maria Callas began exploring them in the 1950s.
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