Joan Sutherland

1926 - 2010

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Dame Joan Alston Sutherland, (7 November 1926 – 10 October 2010) was an Australian dramatic coloratura soprano noted for her contribution to the renaissance of the bel canto repertoire from the late 1950s through to the 1980s. She possessed a voice combining extraordinary agility, accurate intonation, "supremely" pinpoint staccatos, a trill and a tremendous upper register, although music critics often complained about the imprecision of her diction.Sutherland was the first Australian to win a Grammy Award, for Best Classical Performance – Vocal Soloist (with or without orchestra) in 1962. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Joan Sutherland has received more than 638,888 page views. Her biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Joan Sutherland is the 197th most popular singer (down from 194th in 2019), the 28th most popular biography from Australia and the most popular Australian Singer.

Joan Sutherland is most famous for her singing career. She was born in Sydney, Australia and became a member of the Australian Opera in 1960. She was the first Australian to sing at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City and she became one of the most celebrated opera singers of the 20th century.

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Among singers, Joan Sutherland ranks 197 out of 3,541Before her are Mercédès Jellinek, Kyu Sakamoto, Britney Spears, Sam Cooke, Petula Clark, and Dr. Dre. After her are Trini Lopez, İbrahim Tatlıses, Sofia Rotaru, Courtney Love, Dionne Warwick, and Nicolai Gedda.

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Among people born in 1926, Joan Sutherland ranks 70Before her are César Pelli, Ta Mok, Abdoulaye Wade, Shohei Imamura, Vasily Arkhipov, and Gyula Grosics. After her are Yoshio Okada, Noah Gordon, Poul Anderson, Konstantinos Stephanopoulos, Jean-Pierre Serre, and Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah. Among people deceased in 2010, Joan Sutherland ranks 37Before her are Francesco Cossiga, Harry Mulisch, Blake Edwards, Viktor Chernomyrdin, Algirdas Brazauskas, and Paul Schäfer. After her are Enzo Bearzot, Alice Miller, Vladimir Arnold, John Fenn, Arthur Penn, and Mario Monicelli.

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Among people born in Australia, Joan Sutherland ranks 28 out of 790Before her are Margot Robbie (1990), P. L. Travers (1899), John Eccles (1903), Peter Weir (1944), Robin Warren (1937), and Tamam Shud case (1903). After her are Elizabeth Blackburn (1948), Howard Florey (1898), Kylie Minogue (1968), Lisa Gerrard (1961), John Cornforth (1917), and James Clavell (1921).

Among SINGERS In Australia

Among singers born in Australia, Joan Sutherland ranks 1After her are Kylie Minogue (1968), Johnny Logan (1954), Nellie Melba (1861), Natalie Imbruglia (1975), Helen Reddy (1941), Dannii Minogue (1971), Lenka (1978), Tones and I (2000), Darren Hayes (1972), Iggy Azalea (1990), and Cody Simpson (1997).