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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First edition of July 1724 printed by Cluer and Creake

Giulio Cesare

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Dramma per musica (opera seria) in three acts composed by George Frideric Handel for the Royal Academy of Music in 1724.

Dramma per musica (opera seria) in three acts composed by George Frideric Handel for the Royal Academy of Music in 1724.

First edition of July 1724 printed by Cluer and Creake
George Frideric Handel
Senesino, Cuzzoni and Berenstadt, probably in a scene from Flavio
The librettist Nicola Francesco Haym seated at the harpsichord, Marco Ricci, c 1709
Senesino, who created the role of Giulio Cesare
Francesca Cuzzoni, who created the role of Cleopatra
Anastasia Robinson, Countess of Peterborough, who created the role of Cornelia shortly before her retirement, British Museum
Caricature of Gaetano Berenstadt, who created the role of Tolomeo
End of sinfonia and beginning of Cleopatra's aria "V'adoro, pupille", act 2, scene 2, autograph manuscript, 1723, British Library
Part of final chorus and duet in minor key for Cesare and Cleopatra, act 3, autograph manuscript
The King's Theatre, London, where Giulio Cesare had its first performance
William Hodges: The Pantheon, Oxford Street, designed by Richard Wyatt in 1772
Plan by Lediard for on-stage firework display in the epilogue to the spectacle
Friedrich Chrysander
Oskar Hagen, the German art historian whose programme of Handel operas in Göttingen led to an international revival in performances of Handel operas
Thyra Leisner-Hagen, wife of Oskar Hagen and sister of the celebrated contralto Emmi Leisner, sang Cleopatra in Göttingen in 1922
Caesar giving Cleopatra the throne of Egypt, Pietro da Cortona, 1637
The Triumphs of Caesar: the Vase Bearers, Andrea Mantegna, Fifteenth century, Royal Collection
The Triumphs of Caesar: the Picture Bearers by Andrea Mantegna, fifteenth century, Royal Collection

There is also a 1963 recording of highlights with Margreta Elkins (Cesare), Joan Sutherland (Cleopatra), Monica Sinclair (Tolomeo), Marilyn Horne (Cornelia), Richard Conrad (Sesto) and Richard Bonynge conducting the New Symphonic Orchestra of London on Decca (coupled with a complete performance of Alcina).

Society headquarters on Great Marlborough Street

Royal Philharmonic Society

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British music society, formed in 1813.

British music society, formed in 1813.

Society headquarters on Great Marlborough Street

Dame Joan Sutherland

Aleardo Villa – Adriana Lecouvreur

Adriana Lecouvreur

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Opera in four acts by Francesco Cilea to an Italian libretto by Arturo Colautti, based on the 1849 play Adrienne Lecouvreur by Eugène Scribe and Ernest Legouvé.

Opera in four acts by Francesco Cilea to an Italian libretto by Arturo Colautti, based on the 1849 play Adrienne Lecouvreur by Eugène Scribe and Ernest Legouvé.

Aleardo Villa – Adriana Lecouvreur

Famous Adrianas of the past 75 years have included Claudia Muzio, Clara Petrella, Magda Olivero, Renata Tebaldi, Carla Gavazzi, Leyla Gencer, Montserrat Caballé, Raina Kabaivanska, Renata Scotto, Mirella Freni, and Joan Sutherland.

Kenneth Neate

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Australian operatic and concert tenor, opera producer and singing teacher, composer and author.

Australian operatic and concert tenor, opera producer and singing teacher, composer and author.

The 1959 Franco Zeffirelli production of Lucia di Lammermoor at Covent Garden is famous for Joan Sutherland's breakthrough performance in the title role.

Richard Cross (bass-baritone)

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American bass-baritone who had an active international opera career from the late 1950s through the 1990s.

American bass-baritone who had an active international opera career from the late 1950s through the 1990s.

In 1963 he made his San Francisco Opera debut portraying Count Rodolfo in Vincenzo Bellini's La Sonnambula with Joan Sutherland as Amina.

Scenes from the Paris premiere

The Tales of Hoffmann

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Opéra fantastique by Jacques Offenbach.

Opéra fantastique by Jacques Offenbach.

Scenes from the Paris premiere
The death of Antonia (act 2) in the original 1881 production. In front: Adèle Isaac; in back (left to right): Hippolyte Belhomme, Marguerite Ugalde, Pierre Grivot, Émile-Alexandre Taskin, Jean-Alexandre Talazac.
Costume design for Hoffmann in act 1, 1903
Prologue (or epilogue), in the 1881 première
The Olympia act, as staged at the 1881 première
Antonia and Dr. Miracle, 1881
Giuletta act, 1881
The original E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776–1822)

Offenbach intended the four soprano roles be played by the same singer, for Olympia, Giulietta, and Antonia are three facets of Stella, Hoffmann's unreachable love. Similarly, the four villains (Lindorf, Coppélius, Miracle, and Dapertutto) would be performed by the same bass-baritone, because they are all manifestations of evil. While the doubling of the four villains is quite common, most performances of the work use different singers for the loves of Hoffmann because different skills are needed for each role: Olympia requires a skilled-coloratura singer with stratospheric-high notes, Antonia is written for a lyrical voice, and Giulietta is usually performed by a dramatic soprano or a mezzo-soprano. Any performance with all three roles (four if the role of Stella is counted) performed by a single soprano in a performance is considered one of the largest challenges in the lyric coloratura repertoire. Notable sopranos performing all three roles include Karan Armstrong, Vina Bovy, Patrizia Ciofi, Edita Gruberová, Fanny Heldy, Catherine Malfitano, Anja Silja, Beverly Sills, Sonya Yoncheva, Luciana Serra, Ruth Ann Swenson, Carol Vaness, Faith Esham, Ninon Vallin and Virginia Zeani. All four roles were performed by Josephine Barstow, Sumi Jo, Mireille Delunsch, Diana Damrau, Julia Migenes, Elizabeth Futral, Marlis Petersen, Anna Moffo, Georgia Jarman, Elena Moșuc, Joan Sutherland, Melitta Muszely, Olga Peretyatko, Patricia Petibon, Pretty Yende, Jessica Pratt and Nicole Chevalier.

Death of Amalia in act 5 of Schiller's play, Die Räuber

I masnadieri

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Opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Andrea Maffei, based on the play Die Räuber by Friedrich von Schiller.

Opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Andrea Maffei, based on the play Die Räuber by Friedrich von Schiller.

Death of Amalia in act 5 of Schiller's play, Die Räuber
London impresario Benjamin Lumley
Friedrich Schiller
Soprano Jenny Lind (by Eduard Magnus, 1862)
Angelo Mariani
Luigi Lablache sang Count Moor
Italo Gardoni sang Carlo
Act I Costumes: Chorister, Moser, and Arminio.
Filippo Coletti, who created the role of Francesco, by Josef Kriehuber (1841)
Disegno per copertina di libretto, drawing for I Masnadieri (undated).

In Australia in June/July 1980 at the Sydney Opera House Richard Bonynge conducted performances - which featured Joan Sutherland as Amalia.

Penrith's central business district and commercial area

Penrith, New South Wales

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City in New South Wales, Australia, located in Greater Western Sydney, 55 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district on the banks of the Nepean River, on the outskirts of the Cumberland Plain.

City in New South Wales, Australia, located in Greater Western Sydney, 55 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district on the banks of the Nepean River, on the outskirts of the Cumberland Plain.

Penrith's central business district and commercial area
Location map of Penrith based on NASA satellite images
A Sydney Trains city bound service at Penrith Station
St Stephen's Church
Victoria Bridge over the Nepean River, linking Penrith to Emu Plains
Apartments close to Penrith station
Thomas Bent
Jessica Fox
Jennifer Maiden

Named after opera singer Joan Sutherland, the building was designed by architect Philip Cox and opened in 1990.

The current logo used since 2017

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition

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Competition for classical singers held every two years.

Competition for classical singers held every two years.

The current logo used since 2017
Bryn Terfel won the inaugural Lieder Prize in 1989
2011 winner, Valentina Naforniță

From 2003, the competition's first patron was Dame Joan Sutherland, until her death in 2010.

1975 Queen's Birthday Honours (Australia)

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The Queen's Birthday Honours 1975 for Australia were appointments to recognise and reward good works by citizens of Australia and other nations that contribute to Australia.

The Queen's Birthday Honours 1975 for Australia were appointments to recognise and reward good works by citizens of Australia and other nations that contribute to Australia.

Joan Alston Sutherland,