Monday, October 11, 2010

RIP Joan Sutherland

Dame Joan Sutherland, one of the legendary sopranos of the opera stage, has died. She was 83.

(This post will be updated as more articles and remembrances are published.) Below are some tributes that have appeared in print over the last few hours:

Updated Wikipedia article
Anthony Tommasini's notice in the NY Times
Obituary by Anthony Tommasini in the NY Times
Obituary in the Telegraph
Opera Chic's remembrance
Obituary by Charlotte Higgins in the Guardian
Joan Sutherland: the greatest soprano ever? by Martin Kettle
Addio, Stupenda by Anne Midgette
Notice in the WSJ Speakeasy
Norman Lebrecht's notice in Slipped Disc
Norman Lebrecht's commentary on BBC's coverage
Graeme Leech in the Australian
Matthew Westwood in the Australian
Michael Shmith in The Age
A remembrance in the Sydney Morning Herald
Manuela Hoelterhoff in Bloomberg News
BBC News notice
TheaterMania notice

Here is a 1982 video of Joan Sutherland with her husband Richard Bonynge on piano performing "Tornami a vagheggiar" from Handel's Alcina.


  1. Worth mentioning: she would have been in her mid 50s when singing this. Fabulous.

    and? It would seem that that dress comes with its own cape. Utterly fabulous.

  2. When one has super powers, a cape is necessary.