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Joan Sutherland, opera singer, dies at 83

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.


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Joan Sutherland is an operatic legend. She will be remembered as the female equivalent of Luciano Pavarotti. Their duets in a number of roles are already considered classic performances.

She retired at the top of her game. She said at the time that she didn't want to stay on until she was too old and no longer capable of performing well.

Joan Sutherland was a class act with a magnificent voice who challenged herself to be the best that she could be. And, her best was unmatched.


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