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标 题: Soprano Joan Sutherland Dies at 83
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Mon Oct 11 11:54:53 2010, 美东)
Let us pray for her. May her soul rest peacefully in heaven.
Soprano Joan Sutherland Dies at 83 .
Associated Press 10/11/2010
GENEVA—Soprano Joan Sutherland, one of the most celebrated opera singers of
all time, has died. She was 83 years old.
A statement released Monday by her family said Ms. Sutherland died Sunday at
her home near Geneva. "The family of Dame Joan Sutherland wishes to let all
her friends and admirers know that she passed away very peacefully in the
evening of Oct. 10 at her home in Switzerland after a long illness," the
Called "La Stupenda" by her Italian fans, Sutherland was acclaimed from her
native Australia to North America and Europe for the wide range of roles she
took on during a career that spanned four decades. But she was particularly
praised for her singing of operas by Handel and 19th-century Italian
Tenor Luciano Pavarotti, who joined with Marilyn Horne in Sutherland's
farewell gala recital at Covent Garden on Dec. 31, 1990, called her "the
greatest coloratura soprano of all time." The term, derived from "color,"
refers to a soprano with a high range and the vocal agility to sing
brilliant trills and rapid passages.
Ms. Sutherland's purity of tone and brilliant vocal display made her pre-
eminent in the revival of Italian "bel canto" operas, taking on the mantle
of Maria Callas.
Ms. Sutherland started singing as a small child, crouching under the piano
and copying her mother, Muriel Alston Sutherland, who was "a talented singer
with a glorious mezzo-soprano voice," according to Ms. Sutherland's
biographer Norma Major, wife of former British Prime Minister John Major.
"I was able from the age of 3 to imitate her scales and exercises," she
wrote in her autobiography. "As she was a mezzo-soprano, I worked very much
in the middle area of my voice, learning the scales and arpeggios and even
the dreaded trill without thinking about it. The birds could trill, so why
not I? I even picked up her songs and arias and sang them by ear, later
singing duets with her—Manrico to her Azucena. I always had a voice."
When she began performing in Australia, Ms. Sutherland thought she was a
mezzo-soprano like her mother, and it took the insight of subsequent coaches
to make her realize that she should develop her higher range.
The family statement said Ms. Sutherland is survived by her husband,
conductor Richard Bonynge, their son, Adam, daughter-in-law Helen, and two
grandchildren. According to the statement Ms. Sutherland, who broke both
legs during a fall at her home in 2008, requested a very small and private
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