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A service of thanksgiving for Dame Joan Sutherland

By Royal Opera House

4 January 2011 at 1.11pm | 1 Comment

Service of Thanksgiving for Dame Joan Sutherland OM AC DBE
(7 November 1926 – 10 October 2010)

A Service of Thanksgiving for the late Dame Joan Sutherland, who died on 10 of October 2010, will be held in Westminster Abbey on Tuesday 15 February at Noon.

Dame Joan Sutherland was regarded as one of the greatest opera singers of the twentieth century.

She was dubbed 'La Stupenda' by an Italian audience after a performance at La Fenice in Venice, and described by Luciano Pavarotti, with whom she frequently sang, as 'the greatest voice of the century'.

Her stellar career stretched from her concert debut in Sydney in 1946, to her final performances at the Sydney Opera House and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in 1990. It was a legendary performance of Donizetti's 'Lucia di Lammermoor' at Covent Garden in February 1959 that opened the door to international fame and she went on to sing in all the major opera houses of the world with many of the world's greatest singers. She became the leading exponent of the eighteenth and nineteenth century bel-canto repertory, bringing before the public many unfamiliar works that are now standard operatic fare.

In partnership with her husband, the conductor, Richard Bonynge, she revitalised opera in Australia in the 1960s with the Sutherland-Williamson Grand International Opera Company, and subsequently played a pivotal role in the development of the Australian Opera.

After her retirement Dame Joan continued to support and nurture young singers, as an adjudicator of singing competitions and as an active Patron of several music charities. She leaves a huge legacy of recorded music.

Words of condolence from Antonio Pappano, Music Director of the Royal Opera House.

Complimentary tickets are required for admission to Westminster Abbey and can be obtained from the Australian High Commission. Click here to apply for tickets or write to Public Affairs Branch, Australian High Commission, Strand, London, WC2B 4LA

Online applications will open on Wednesday 5 January 2011 and due to high demand are restricted to two per application.

By Royal Opera House

4 January 2011 at 1.11pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged Dame Joan Sutherland, service, The Royal Opera

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  1. Sutherland's contribution to opera is inestimable, whilst the combination of gifts she possessed remains unprecedented. It is good to see that The Royal Opera is recognising her immense contribution to that house in particular, by working with the Australian High Commission to organise such an event. In addition, it would be wonderful if The Royal Opera could place a bust of La Stupenda alongside some of other celebrated prima donnas who have appeared there, such as Patti or Melba. Even by their standards she was incomparable,plus Covent Garden was the scene of so many of her triumphs. It would be a great way to remember a unique and phenomenal artist.

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