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.

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Sutherland in 1975

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As Scarpia in Tosca, Chicago

Gabriel Bacquier

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French operatic baritone.

French operatic baritone.

As Scarpia in Tosca, Chicago

His other roles in Philadelphia included Nilakantha in Lakmé opposite Joan Sutherland in the title role, Germont with Sutherland as Violetta and John Alexander as Alfredo, Iago in Verdi's Otello, Scarpia, and Escamillo in Bizet's Carmen.

Decca Records

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British record label established in 1929 by Edward Lewis.

British record label established in 1929 by Edward Lewis.

Original 1929 Decca release of Sea Drift by Delius, first published recording of the work, but deleted by 1936
Decca logo used on classical music releases
Decca Gold logo used for classical music released from the USA
Short-lived Decca Records country music label logo

In the wake of Decca's lead, artists such as Herbert von Karajan, Joan Sutherland and later Luciano Pavarotti were keen to join the label's roster.

Duval in 1971.

Pierre Duval (singer)

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French-Canadian operatic tenor who had an active international career during the 1960s and 1970s.

French-Canadian operatic tenor who had an active international career during the 1960s and 1970s.

Duval in 1971.

He particularly excelled in bel canto works, notably singing opposite such lauded bel canto interpreters as Joan Sutherland, Beverly Sills, and Montserrat Caballé during his career.

Tourangeau in 1970.

Huguette Tourangeau

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French-Canadian operatic mezzo-soprano, particularly associated with the French and Italian repertories.

French-Canadian operatic mezzo-soprano, particularly associated with the French and Italian repertories.

Tourangeau in 1970.

Around that time, she began a partnership with Dame Joan Sutherland and Bonynge, both on stage and on record.

Set design by Philippe Chaperon for Act 1 of the 1897 production at the Palais Garnier

Les Huguenots

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Opera by Giacomo Meyerbeer and is one of the most popular and spectacular examples of grand opera.

Opera by Giacomo Meyerbeer and is one of the most popular and spectacular examples of grand opera.

Set design by Philippe Chaperon for Act 1 of the 1897 production at the Palais Garnier
Giacomo Meyerbeer, portrayed in 1839
Pol Plançon as the Comte de St. Bris in 1894 at the Metropolitan Opera house
Prosper Dérivis as Nevers
Valentine (soprano), costume design for Gli Ugonotti (undated).
Costume designs by Eugène Du Faget for the 1836 première: Julie Dorus-Gras as Marguerite, Adolphe Nourrit as Raoul, and Cornélie Falcon as Valentine
Press illustration of Act 2 of the 1836 premiere
Model for the set by Charles-Antoine Cambon for Act 3 Paris 1875
Painting of the Act 4 Raoul/ Valentine duet by Camille Roqueplan
Philippe Chaperon's set design for Act V, Scene 2
George Sand, who called Les Huguenots "an evangel of love"
Hector Berlioz, who wrote that in its instrumentation Les Huguenots "surpasses everything previously attempted"
John Everett Millais, A Huguenot, on St. Bartholomew's Day, Refusing to Shield Himself from Danger by Wearing the Roman Catholic Badge (1852)

Dame Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge were the major force in the opera's revival during the second half of the 20th century.

Orombello and Beatrice, by Pelagio Palagi, 1845

Beatrice di Tenda

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Tragic opera in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini, from a libretto by Felice Romani, after the play of the same name by.

Tragic opera in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini, from a libretto by Felice Romani, after the play of the same name by.

Orombello and Beatrice, by Pelagio Palagi, 1845
Bellini by Pietro Lucchini
The original 15th-century Beatrice Lascaris di Tenda
Librettist Felice Romani
Poster advertising the premiere of Beatrice di Tenda
Soprano Giuditta Pasta sang in the Venice premiere
Bass Ignazio Marini sang in Palermo
Francesco Bagnara's set designs for act 1, scene 1
Francesco Bagnara's set designs for act 1, scene 3
Francesco Bagnara's set designs for act 1, scene 4

Beatrice di Tenda was revived in 1961 by the American Opera Society in New York with Joan Sutherland, Enzo Sordello, Marilyn Horne and Richard Cassilly under Nicola Rescigno, and in the same year at La Scala with Sutherland and Raina Kabaivanska and with Antonino Votto conducting.

Thérèse Tietjens in the title role

Lucrezia Borgia (opera)

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Melodramatic opera in a prologue and two acts by Gaetano Donizetti.

Melodramatic opera in a prologue and two acts by Gaetano Donizetti.

Thérèse Tietjens in the title role
Disegno per copertina di libretto, drawing for Lucrezia Borgia (undated).

Lucrezia Borgia is often produced as a vehicle for a star soprano, including Leyla Gencer, Mariella Devia, Beverly Sills, Dame Joan Sutherland, Renée Fleming, Edita Gruberová and Sondra Radvanovsky.

Franz Lehár

The Merry Widow

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Operetta by the Austro-Hungarian composer Franz Lehár.

Operetta by the Austro-Hungarian composer Franz Lehár.

Franz Lehár
Lily Elsie in act 3, London, 1907
Louis Treumann and Mizzi Günther on the frontpage of a piano–vocal score, 1906
Elsie and Coyne in the London premiere
Donald Brian and Ethel Jackson in the original Broadway production (1907)
Joseph Coyne, London, 1907
Lily Elsie, London, 1907

An Australian Opera production starred Joan Sutherland, and PBS broadcast a production by the San Francisco Opera in 2002, among numerous other broadcasts.

The composer in 1968

Gloriana

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Opera in three acts by Benjamin Britten to an English libretto by William Plomer, based on Lytton Strachey's 1928 Elizabeth and Essex: A Tragic History.

Opera in three acts by Benjamin Britten to an English libretto by William Plomer, based on Lytton Strachey's 1928 Elizabeth and Essex: A Tragic History.

The composer in 1968

When the production toured in 1954 to Manchester and Birmingham, Joan Sutherland sang the role of Penelope.

Pan's Cottage (left) and Colony Hall at MacDowell.

Sigma Alpha Iota

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International Music Fraternity.

International Music Fraternity.

Pan's Cottage (left) and Colony Hall at MacDowell.
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Marian Anderson in 1940
Mamie Eisenhower, patroness, Epsilon Beta chapter (Gettysburg College)

Joan Sutherland (soprano)