Personalities | Joan Sutherland DBE | Modern Era | Opera
Dubbed ‘La Stupenda’ in Milan, this great coloratura soprano was capable of flawless trills and vocal pyrotechnics that were best suited to the bel canto repertoire, especially Bellini and Donizetti heroines. Sutherland’s musical engagements began at a young age in Sydney and culminated in her winning Australia’s foremost voice competition. Thereafter she studied at London’s Royal College of Music and made her Covent Garden debut in October 1952. Coach-conductor and husband Richard Bonynge convinced her to focus on coloratura repertoire, and in 1959 her international career took off when she sang the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, conducted by Tullio Serafin. Continuing to add bel canto roles to her repertoire, Sutherland was often criticized for her poor diction, yet she astounded the world with her expansive and stunning voice.
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