As one of the most remarkable female opera singers of the 20th century, Dame Joan Sutherland's achievements in the performing arts are indubitable.
From her auspicious debut in 1959 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, through to triumphs at La Scala in Milan, the Paris Opera, the Met in New York and many other citadels of music, Dame Joan Sutherland's supreme reputation as a coloratura soprano is richly celebrated in this rarely seen live presentation from the Australian television archives.
Introduced by actor Michael Denison and featuring the London Symphony Orchestra, lead by Erich Gruenberg, conducted by Richard Bonynge with support from mezzo soprano Margreta Elkins, performances include: Aria from Meyerbeer's Opera Les Huguenots, 'The Gypsy And The Bird' by Julius Benedict, 'Addio del passato' from Traviata by Verdi, 'Mira o Norma' from Norma by Bellini, as well as Donizetti's Linda di Chamounix and the famed 'Mad Scene' from Lucia di L
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