Dame Joan Alston Sutherland Biography by Pia
When was she born?/Early years. • Joan Sutherland was born to in Sydney. • Attended St Catherine's School. • Her mother, a mezzo-soprano, had taken voice lessons. • Sutherland was 18 years old when she began studying voice lesson with John and Aida Dickens. • She went to London to study at the Opera School of the Royal College of Music.
Why is she famous? • One of the most remarkable female opera singers. • She possessed a voice of beauty and power. • Combining extraordinary agility, accurate intonation, pinpoint staccatos. • A splendid trill and a tremendous upper register. • Music critics often complained about the imprecision
Career highlights • Her double LP set won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Performance – Vocal Soloist in 1962. • She sang Lucia to great acclaim in Paris at La Scala and the Metropolitan Opera. • Also in 1960, she sang a superb Alcina at La Fenice, Venic, • where she was nicknamed La Stupenda ("The Stunning One").
Retirement and Death • Announced retirement in 2007. • Since then , Sutherland made relatively few public appearances, preferring privacy. • Won the Royal Philharmonic Society's gold medal. • Sang in The Cardiff Singer of the World competition. • On 11 October 2010, Sutherland died in her home at Les Avants in Switzerland.
Bibliography • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Sutherland • http://www.google.com.au/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi