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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Tait Memorial Trust

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Charitable foundation, first established in the United Kingdom, with the chief purpose of providing financial support to outstanding young performing artists from Australia and New Zealand who wish to pursue post-graduate studies in leading performing arts institutions or privately with internationally recognised teachers in the United Kingdom.

Charitable foundation, first established in the United Kingdom, with the chief purpose of providing financial support to outstanding young performing artists from Australia and New Zealand who wish to pursue post-graduate studies in leading performing arts institutions or privately with internationally recognised teachers in the United Kingdom.

Sir Frank, the youngest of the Tait brothers, carried the firm J. C. Williamson's into its most successful years dominated by the Sutherland-Williamson opera company in 1965 which brought Dame Joan Sutherland back to her homeland.

Richard Conrad

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American singer, voice teacher, and impresario whose voice at times inhabited both the tenor and baritone ranges.

American singer, voice teacher, and impresario whose voice at times inhabited both the tenor and baritone ranges.

He is perhaps best known for his 1963 recorded collaboration with Joan Sutherland and Marilyn Horne, conducted by Richard Bonynge, known as The Age of Bel Canto.

Joséphine Fodor as Semiramide

Semiramide

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Opera in two acts by Gioachino Rossini.

Opera in two acts by Gioachino Rossini.

Joséphine Fodor as Semiramide
Montserrat Caballé in the title role (Aix-en-Provence Festival, 1980)
Interior of the Temple of Baal, Babylon (act 1, scene 1); set design by Alessandro Sanquirico for Semiramide staged at La Scala in Milan, 1824
Entrance hall of the palace (act 1, scene 8); set design for Semiramide staged at La Scala in Milan, 1824
Set design for act 1, scene 13 of Semiramide staged at La Scala in Milan, 1824
Ìnterior of the temple; set design for act 2, scene 4 of Semiramide staged at La Scala in Milan, 1824
Adjacent to Nino's tomb. Set design by Alessandro Sanquirico for Semiramide staged at La Scala in Milan, 1824

Presentations at La Scala in Milan in December 1962 with Joan Sutherland and Giulietta Simionato required the re-assembly of the entire score from the Rossini autograph, since no other texts were known to exist.

Giuditta Pasta in the title role

Anna Bolena

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Tragic opera in two acts composed by Gaetano Donizetti.

Tragic opera in two acts composed by Gaetano Donizetti.

Giuditta Pasta in the title role
Set design by Alessandro Sanquirico for the 1830 premiere
Rubini as Lord Percy in Anna Bolena
Disegno per copertina di libretto, drawing for Anna Bolena (undated).

(She also made studio recordings of all three operas.) And Anna was one of the last new roles performed by Dame Joan Sutherland, at San Francisco Opera in 1984.

George Frideric Handel, portrayed by Balthasar Denner, 1729

Alcina

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1735 opera seria by George Frideric Handel.

1735 opera seria by George Frideric Handel.

George Frideric Handel, portrayed by Balthasar Denner, 1729
Alcina Meets Ruggiero, Niccolò dell'Abbate, c. 1550
Performance in the ancient Herodeion theatre in Athens on 6 July 2019

The Australian soprano Joan Sutherland sang the role in a production by Franco Zeffirelli in which she made her debut at La Fenice in February 1960 and at the Dallas Opera in November of that year.

The Hall of Arms (act 1, scene 3) in the original 1835 production

I puritani

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1835 opera by Vincenzo Bellini.

1835 opera by Vincenzo Bellini.

The Hall of Arms (act 1, scene 3) in the original 1835 production
Vincenzo Bellini
Cristina Trivulzio Belgiojoso 1832, by Francesco Hayez (detail)
In 1829 the Théâtre-Italien was performing in the first Salle Favart
Librettist Carlo Pepoli
Disegno per copertina di libretto, drawing for I Puritani (undated).
Rubini as Arturo in I puritani, Paris 1835
Grisi and Lablache in I puritani, King's Theatre, London, 1835
Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti, 1976 performance at the Metropolitan Opera
Antonio Tamburini sang Riccardo – Lithography by Josef Kriehuber
An excerpt from "Credeasi, misera", act 3. The notes highlighted (above the high C) are among the highest demanded in tenor operatic repertoire and are usually sung falsetto or altogether transposed.

The 1960s saw a variety of performances in the years between 1960 (Glyndebourne Festival with Joan Sutherland which was recorded) and 1969 when Weinstock's account ends.

Lauris Elms

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Australian retired contralto, renowned for her roles in opera and lieder and as a recording artist.

Australian retired contralto, renowned for her roles in opera and lieder and as a recording artist.

In 1965, she sang with the Sutherland–Williamson Opera Company and then with the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust and the Australian Opera from 1966 to 1987.

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The Metropolitan Opera Centennial Gala

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Televised concert, lasting more than eight hours, that New York City's Metropolitan Opera staged on 22 October 1983 to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of its first performance.

Televised concert, lasting more than eight hours, that New York City's Metropolitan Opera staged on 22 October 1983 to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of its first performance.

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Kathleen Battle
Sesto Bruscantini
Renato Bruson
Grace Bumbry
Montserrat Caballé
José Carreras
Plácido Domingo
Mirella Freni
Nicolai Gedda
Nicolai Ghiaurov
Marilyn Horne
Kiri Te Kanawa
Alfredo Kraus
Catherine Malfitano
James McCracken
Edda Moser
Robert Nagy
Birgit Nilsson
Luciano Pavarotti
Roberta Peters
Leontyne Price
Ruggero Raimondi
Katia Ricciarelli
Elisabeth Söderström
Frederica von Stade
Joan Sutherland
Leonard Bernstein
James Levine

8 (8:27) "Bel raggio lusinghier", with Joan Sutherland (Semiramide), conducted by Richard Bonynge

The composer in 1835

Maria Stuarda

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Tragic opera (tragedia lirica), in two acts, by Gaetano Donizetti, to a libretto by Giuseppe Bardari, based on Andrea Maffei's translation of Friedrich Schiller's 1800 play Maria Stuart.

Tragic opera (tragedia lirica), in two acts, by Gaetano Donizetti, to a libretto by Giuseppe Bardari, based on Andrea Maffei's translation of Friedrich Schiller's 1800 play Maria Stuart.

The composer in 1835

The first staged performance in the US took place at the San Francisco Opera on 12 November 1971 with Joan Sutherland in the title role, while the first staged performances of the "Three Queens" operas together in the US took place in 1972 at the New York City Opera, all three operas staged by Tito Capobianco.

Alain Vanzo

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French opera singer and composer, one of few French tenors of international standing in the postwar era.

French opera singer and composer, one of few French tenors of international standing in the postwar era.

He won great acclaim at the Palais Garnier in 1960, as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, opposite Joan Sutherland who was making her debut there.