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Joan Sutherland

1926 - 2010

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Dame Joan Alston Sutherland, (7 November 1926 – 10 October 2010) was an Australian dramatic coloratura soprano known for her contribution to the renaissance of the bel canto repertoire from the late 1950s through to the 1980s. She possessed a voice combining agility, accurate intonation, pinpoint staccatos, a trill and a strong upper register, although music critics complained about her poor diction.Sutherland was the first Australian to win a Grammy Award, for the year 1961 Best Classical Performance – Vocal Soloist (with or without orchestra) presented in 1962. She was known as 'La Stupenda' and is widely regarded as one of the greatest sopranos of all time. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Joan Sutherland has received more than 806,515 page views. Her biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Joan Sutherland is the 186th most popular singer (up from 197th 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 186 out of 3,528Before her are Anna German, Ofra Haza, Bryan Ferry, Neil Diamond, Zarah Leander, and Tori Amos. After her are Anna Netrebko, Desireless, George Benson, Etta James, Franco Corelli, and Marie-Louise O'Murphy.

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Among people born in 1926, Joan Sutherland ranks 67Before her are Abdoulaye Wade, Harry Dean Stanton, John Fowles, Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba, Richard Matheson, and George Habash. After her are César Pelli, Shohei Imamura, Kim Jae-gyu, Gyula Grosics, Henry Way Kendall, and Jean-Pierre Serre. Among people deceased in 2010, Joan Sutherland ranks 38Before her are Louise Bourgeois, Bruno Cremer, Henryk Górecki, Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma, Jean-Joseph Sanfourche, and Alice Miller. After her are Harry Mulisch, John Forsythe, Maria Kaczyńska, John Fenn, Vladimir Arnold, and Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen.

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In Australia

Among people born in Australia, Joan Sutherland ranks 28 out of 925Before her are John Eccles (1903), Elizabeth Blackburn (1948), V. Gordon Childe (1892), Margot Robbie (1990), Alexander Prokhorov (1916), and Peter Weir (1944). After her are Ned Kelly (1855), Robin Warren (1937), Kylie Minogue (1968), Macfarlane Burnet (1899), P. L. Travers (1899), and Roy Emerson (1936).

Among SINGERS In Australia

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