Dame Joan Alston Sutherland (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 ... more »
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''If I weren't reasonably placid, I don't think I could cope with this sort of life. To be a diva, you've got to be absolutely like a horse.''Joan Sutherland (b. 1926), Australian opera singer. Quoted in Winthrop Sargeant, "Joan Sutherland," Divas: Impressions of Six Opera Superstars (1959)....