A report on Joan Sutherland

Sutherland in 1975
Sutherland in 1962
Joan Sutherland in 1990

Australian dramatic coloratura soprano known for her contribution to the renaissance of the bel canto repertoire from the late 1950s through to the 1980s.

- Joan Sutherland
Sutherland in 1975

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1979 New Year Honours

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The New Year Honours 1979 were appointments in many of the Commonwealth realms of Queen Elizabeth II to various orders and honours to reward and highlight good works by citizens of those countries.

The New Year Honours 1979 were appointments in many of the Commonwealth realms of Queen Elizabeth II to various orders and honours to reward and highlight good works by citizens of those countries.

Joan Sutherland,, (Mrs. Bonynge), of London, United Kingdom. For distinguished service to the performing arts.

Robert Massard

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French baritone, primarily associated with the French repertory.

French baritone, primarily associated with the French repertory.

Massard also enjoyed considerable success in the Italian repertory, singing Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, notably at the Paris Opera in 1960, opposite Joan Sutherland, and Riccardo in I puritani in London in 1961, again with Sutherland.

Corena in 1953

Fernando Corena

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Swiss bass who had a major international opera career from the late 1940s through the early 1980s.

Swiss bass who had a major international opera career from the late 1940s through the early 1980s.

Corena in 1953
Corena as Leporello (1954)

Corena left many recordings of his best roles, notably two recordings of Mozart's Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro, under Erich Kleiber and Erich Leinsdorf, Leporello in Don Giovanni, under Josef Krips and later under Erich Leinsdorf, Mustafa in L'italiana in Algeri, three recordings of Rossini's Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia under Alberto Erede, Erich Leinsdorf, and Silvio Varviso, Dulcamara in L'elisir d'amore, Don Pasquale, Fra Melitone in La forza del destino, with Renata Tebaldi and Mario del Monaco, and a second with Adriana Guerrini, Gianni Schicchi, Benoit/Alcindoro in La bohème at least three times, etc. He also recorded the role of Rodolfo in La sonnambula, opposite Joan Sutherland in 1962.

John Alldis

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English chorus-master and conductor.

English chorus-master and conductor.

The choir also participated in many opera recordings for Decca and RCA, featuring artists such as Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, Janet Baker, Joan Sutherland and Kiri Te Kanawa.

Eberhard Waechter

Eberhard Waechter (baritone)

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Austrian baritone celebrated for his performances in the operas of Mozart, Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss.

Austrian baritone celebrated for his performances in the operas of Mozart, Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss.

Eberhard Waechter

In the title role of Legge's 1959 production of Don Giovanni with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini and starring Schwarzkopf, Joan Sutherland, Graziella Sciutti, Luigi Alva, Gottlob Frick, Giuseppe Taddei, and Piero Cappuccilli (EMI 7243 5 67869 2 9 (3CD)

Solti by Allan Warren, 1975

Georg Solti

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Hungarian-British orchestral and operatic conductor, known for his appearances with opera companies in Munich, Frankfurt and London, and as a long-serving music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Hungarian-British orchestral and operatic conductor, known for his appearances with opera companies in Munich, Frankfurt and London, and as a long-serving music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Solti by Allan Warren, 1975
Franz Liszt Academy, Budapest
Hungarian State Opera House
Solti (l) with the pianist Nikita Magaloff
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Solti (1975)
Commemorative plaque on the Maros utca building where Solti was born, Budapest
Solti's grave, Budapest

Soloists in his operatic recordings included Birgit Nilsson, Joan Sutherland, Régine Crespin, Plácido Domingo, Gottlob Frick, Carlo Bergonzi, Kiri Te Kanawa and José van Dam.

Nicola Monti

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Italian opera singer, one of the leading tenori di grazia of the 1950s.

Italian opera singer, one of the leading tenori di grazia of the 1950s.

He recorded both Paisiello's and Rossini's Barbiere di Siviglia, La cambiale di matrimonio, Il re pastore, L'elisir d'amore, but is probably best remembered for his two recordings of La sonnambula, opposite Maria Callas in 1957 and Joan Sutherland in 1962.

Fiorenza Cossotto

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Italian operatic mezzo-soprano.

Italian operatic mezzo-soprano.

She sang Adalgisa next to the Normas of Callas, Joan Sutherland, Montserrat Caballé, Leyla Gencer, and Elinor Ross

Poster for the premiere

Hamlet (Thomas)

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Grand opera in five acts of 1868 by the French composer Ambroise Thomas, with a libretto by Michel Carré and Jules Barbier based on a French adaptation by Alexandre Dumas, père, and Paul Meurice of William Shakespeare's play Hamlet.

Grand opera in five acts of 1868 by the French composer Ambroise Thomas, with a libretto by Michel Carré and Jules Barbier based on a French adaptation by Alexandre Dumas, père, and Paul Meurice of William Shakespeare's play Hamlet.

Poster for the premiere
Harriet Smithson as Ophelia (1827)
Alexandre Dumas, père
Cover of the piano-vocal score of Thomas' Hamlet (1868)
Jean-Baptiste Faure as Hamlet; by Édouard Manet in 1877
Christine Nilsson as Ophélie
Rehearsal for the 1875 revival at the Palais Garnier
Act 2, scene 2: setting by Charles-Antoine Cambon for the original production at the Paris Opéra (Salle Le Peletier)
Nellie Melba as Ophélie, by Henri Gervex
Mignon Nevada as Ophélie

The recording conducted by Richard Bonynge (with Sherrill Milnes as Hamlet and Joan Sutherland as Ophelia) includes the ballet music in its proper place at the beginning of act 4, but omits significant portions of it.

Kenneth McKellar (singer)

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Scottish tenor.

Scottish tenor.

He also recorded several classical works, including Handel's Messiah alongside Joan Sutherland in a performance conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.