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Joan Sutherland, opera singer, dies at 83

October 11, 2010 |  8:41 am

Sutherland The family of soprano Joan Sutherland says the Australian-born opera singer has died. She was 83.

The celebrated singer, known to her Italian fans as "La Stupenda," died Sunday at her home, according to a statement released Monday by Sutherland's family.

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.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Bonynge, and son Adam.

A complete obituary will be posted later at

-- Associated Press

Photo: Joan Sutherland in a photo from the mid-1990s.