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Joan Sutherland

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Regarded by opera aesthetes as one of history's most astonishing classical vocalists, the Sydney-born Australian soprano Joan Sutherland practiced informally as a young girl by sitting beneath the family piano and emulating her mezzo-soprano mother. Though Sutherland initially pursued a career as a secretary after high school, she soon entered a local voice competition and bowled the judges over, gleaning top prize at age 19. The triumph led her into a full-time operatic career. Sutherland debuted at Covent Garden in 1959, in an acclaimed production of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor. When Joan met her soon-to-be husband, conductor Richard Bonynge, he encouraged her to push her voice ever higher -- into increasingly daunting octaves -- until she rivaled even Luciano Pavarotti and Marilyn Horne, and stunned audiences around the world. Additional selected performances by Sutherland include the title role in Bellini's Norma, at the Sydney Opera House in August 1978; the lead in Delibes' Lakme, at the Sydney Opera House on August 18, 1976; and Anna Glawari in Franz Lehár's The Merry Widow, at the Sydney Opera House on February 23, 1988 (with Bonynge conducting) -- to name only a few roles among dozens, in a career that spanned over three decades. Sutherland formally retired from the stage in 1990, and died in 2010 at age 83.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Opera Australia: Lakmé
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Australian Opera: More Favorites
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Celebration: 40 Years of Australian Opera
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Luciano Pavarotti: A Life in Seven Arias
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Joan Sutherland: The Reluctant Prima Donna
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Encore! The Best of Joan Sutherland
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Caballé: Beyond Music
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Adriana Lecouvreur
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet The Art of Joan Sutherland
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Dialogues of the Carmelites
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Anna Bolena
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet The Art of Singing: Golden Voices of the Century
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Dad and Dave: On Our Selection
  • Mother Rudd
1995
No Score Yet Essential Sutherland
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Old Rococo: The Life of Gioacchino Rossini
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Die Fledermaus: Strauss: Royal Opera
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Joan Sutherland in the Making of Lakme
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Les Huguenots
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Maria Stuarda
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet An Evening with Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Lucia Di Lammermoor: Donizetti: Australian Opera
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Sutherland, Horne and Bonynge Gala Concert
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Dialogues of the Carmelites
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Il Trovatore
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet Norma
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet I Live for Art
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Bell Telephone Hour: First Ladies of the Opera
  • Soprano
1967
No Score Yet World Singers
  • Actor
1961
No Score Yet Joan Sutherland: Complete Bell Telephone Hour Appearances
  • Actor
1961

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Appearing
  • 2008
No Score Yet Live From Lincoln Center
2000
  • Performer
  • 2006

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