Dame Joan Sutherland

Composers

Biography

Born: November 7, 1926; Australia   Died: October 10, 2010; Switzerland  
Soprano Joan Sutherland's mother taught her the piano and singing until she was 19, well enough that Joan won several singing competitions. Her professional vocal training then began when she was admitted as a pupil of John and Aida Dickens in Sydney. The Dickenses immediately started working on her neglected soprano register (she had previously trained as a mezzo soprano).
After studies at London's Royal College of Music, Sutherland made
Read more her professional debut at the Royal Opera as First Lady in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (1952). Meanwhile, she married her accompanist Richard Bonynge; theirs would become one of the most enduring of musical as well as marital partnerships. It was Bonynge's interest in the Italian style of bel canto that first led Sutherland into that repertory; he even wrote exercises for her to develop fluency and command of the style.
Sutherland began to receive leading roles in Covent Garden's general repertory in 1954, and in 1955 she sang the role of Jennifer in the world premiere of Michael Tippett's opera The Midsummer Marriage.
Her breakthrough into the bel canto repertory came with her Lucia di Lammermoor at Covent Garden on February 17, 1959. The premiere was a triumph; such a stylistically organic and natural performance of Donizetti had not been heard for generations. She quickly became the most prominent young singer exploring the neglected music of Rossini, Bellini, and Donizetti.
Her voice had a beautiful quality that bloomed above the staff, actually gaining in clarity in this high register. Her phrasing was excellent and historically informed, and projected intense emotional involvement. The voice had extraordinary agility, and could negotiate rapid ornamentation in any register with seeming ease. The major aspect of her performance that most invited criticism was her tendency to sacrifice the consonants of words to the flowing legato of her singing, resulting sometimes in the words becoming unintelligible.
Sutherland's career progressed to one of great stardom and brilliance. She debuted at La Scala in Milan in 1961 as Lucia, and made subsequent appearances at most major houses of the world. The Bonynges organized their own operatic company and took it to Australia in the 1965-1966 season, a triumphant return for both. She also undertook a major recording career with the Decca (London) Record company, which preserved most of her major roles in operas of Handel, Bellini, Donizetti, and Meyerbeer. In 1976, Bonynge was appointed music director of the Australian Opera in Sydney, where he remained for ten years. Sutherland frequently appeared with the company, with stellar results. She received her knighthood as Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1979. She made her farewell operatic debut with the Sydney Opera on October 2, 1990, in Les Huguenots by Meyerbeer. Read less
Handel: Acis & Galatea Scenes / Sutherland, Boult, Et Al
Release Date: 01/15/2008   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 3147   Number of Discs: 1
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Composers

Biography

Born: November 7, 1926; Australia   Died: October 10, 2010; Switzerland  
Soprano Joan Sutherland's mother taught her the piano and singing until she was 19, well enough that Joan won several singing competitions. Her professional vocal training then began when she was admitted as a pupil of John and Aida Dickens in Sydney. The Dickenses immediately started working on her neglected soprano register (she had previously trained as a mezzo soprano).
After studies at London's Royal College of Music, Sutherland made
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Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 1. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 2. Molto vivace
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 3. Adagio molto e cantabile
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 4. Presto - Allegro assai
Verdi: La traviata / Act 1 - Prelude
Verdi: La traviata / Act 1 - "Dell'invito trascorsa è già l'ora"
Verdi: La traviata / Act 1 - "Libiamo ne'lieti calici" (Brindisi)
Verdi: La traviata / Act 1 - "Che è ciò?"
Verdi: La traviata / Act 1 - "Un dì felice, eterea...Si ridesta in ciel l'aurora"
Verdi: La traviata / Act 1 - "E strano!" - "Ah, fors'è lui"
Verdi: La traviata / Act 1 - "Follie! Delirio vano è questo!" - "Sempre libera"
Verdi: La traviata / Act 2 - "Lunge da lei"
Verdi: La traviata / Act 2 - "De' miei bollenti spiriti...Annina, donde vieni?"
Verdi: La traviata / Act 2 - "O mio rimorso!...Alfredo?"
Verdi: La traviata / Act 2 - "Pura, siccome un angelo...Un dì, quando le veneri"
Verdi: La traviata / Act 2 - "Dite alla giovine...Non amarlo ditegli"
Verdi: La traviata / Act 2 - "Dammi tu forza, o ciel!...Ah, vive sol quel core"
Verdi: La traviata / Act 2 - "Di Provenza il mar...Né risponde d'un padre..."
Verdi: La traviata / Act 2 - "No, non udrai rimproveri"
Verdi: La traviata / Act 2 - "Avrem lieta di maschere la notte...Di Madridi"
Verdi: La traviata / Act 2 - "Alfredo! Voi!...Or tutti a me...Ogni suo aver"
Verdi: La traviata / Act 2 - "Di sprezzo degno...Alfredo, Alfredo, di questo core"
Verdi: La traviata / Act 3 - Prelude. "Annina? Comandate?
Verdi: La traviata / Act 3 - "Tenesta la promessa" - "Attendo, né a me giungon mai" - "Addio del passato"
Verdi: La traviata / Act 3 - "Largo a quadrupede"
Verdi: La traviata / Act 3 - "Signora..." "Che t'accade?"
Verdi: La traviata / Act 3 - Parigi, o cara...Ah! Gran Dio!
Verdi: La traviata / Act 3 - Ah, Violetta!...Se una pudica vergine
Sinfonia
Introduzione: Ite sul colle, o Druidi
Svanir le voci!
Meco all'altar di Venere
Me protegge, me difende
Norma viene
Sediziose voci, voci di guerra
Casta Diva
Fine al rito
Ah! bello a me ritorna
Sgombra è la sacra
Deh! proteggimi, o Dio!
Eccola! va, mi lascia, ragion non odo
Va, crudele, al Dio spietato
Vanne, e li cela entrambi
Adalgisa!
Oh! rimembranza!
Ah! si, fa core, abbracciami
Ma di', l'amato quale fra noi si noma?
Oh non tremare
Oh! di qual sei tu vittima
Oh! qual traspare orribile
Norma! de'tuoi rimproveri
Perfido!
Vanne, si: mi lascia, indegno
Scena - Introduzione
Dormono entrambi
Mi chiami, o Norma!
Deh! con te, con te li prendi
Mira, o Norma
Si, fino all'ore estreme
Non parti?
Guerrieri! a voi venirne
Ei tornerà
Squilla il bronzo del Dio!
Guerra, guerra!
Nè compi il rito, o Norma?
In mia man alfin tu sei
Già mi pasco ne'tuoi sguardi
Dammi quel ferro
Qual cor tradisti, qual cor perdesti
Norma! deh! Norma, scolpati
Deh! non volerli vittime
Preludio - "Percorrete le spiaggie vicine"
"Tu sei turbato!"
"Cruda, funesta smania"
"La pietade in suo favore"
"Ancor non giunse!"
"Regnava nel silenzio"
"Quando rapito in estasi"
"Egli s'avanza"
"Sulla tomba che rinserra"
"Qui di sposa eterna...Ah! Verrano a te sull'aure"
"Lucia, fra poco a te verrà"
"Appressati, Lucia" - "Il pallor funesto, orrendo"
"Soffriva nel pianto"
"Che fia"
"Se tradirmi tu potrai"
"Ebben? - Di tua speranza"
"Ah! cedi, cedi"
"Al ben de'tuoi qual vittima"
"Per te d'immenso giubilo"
"Dov'è Lucia?"
"Chi mi frena in tal momento"
"T'allontana sciagurato"
"Orrida è questa notte"
"Qui del padre ancor respira"
"D'immenso giubilo"
"Ah! cessate quel contento"
"Oh! qual funesto avvenimento!"
Oh, giusto cielo!...Il dolce suono
"Ohimè! sorge il tremendo fantasma"
"S'avanza Enrico"
"Spargi d'amore pianto"
"Si tragga altrove"
"Tombe degli avi miei"
"Fra poco a me ricovero"
"Oh meschina!"
"Tu che a Dio spiegasti l'ali"
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Prologue - Dignitaires! Guerriers!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 1 - Roland! Roland! Comme ce nom me trouble
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 1 - Parséis! - O ma soeur
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 1 - Ah! trop malheureuse Esclarmonde!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 1 - On vient, ma soeur!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 1 - C'en est fait!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 1 - Esprits de l'air! Esprits de onde!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 1 - Roland! Roland! Roland!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 2 - "Ah! Ah!"
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 2 - Où suis-je?
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 2 - Sois bénie, ô magie
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 2 - Voici le divin moment
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 2 - Hélas! Ma bien-aimée!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 2 - Ecoute encor!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 2 - O glaive, à ton aspect
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - O Blois! Misérable cité!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Kyrie eleison
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Dieu de miséricorde
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Noble héros!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Gloire! Chantons notre victoire! A toi, Roland
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Gloire! Chantons notre victoire! Gloire à Roland!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - La nuit bientôt sera venue
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Mon fils, je te bénis!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Je ne m'appartiens plus
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - "A genoux!"
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Ah! Roland!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Regarde-les, ces yeux plus purs
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Non! Tu ne seras pas à mes tranports ravie!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 4 - Entendez tous
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 4 - Oui, le délai marqué s'avance
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 4 - Les temps vont s'accomplir
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 4 - Elle a voulu choisir
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 4 - D'une longue torpeur
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 4 - Où suis-je maintenant?
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 4 - Donc, pour sauver la vie
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 4 - Il vient! Ah! quel supplice!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 4 - Ne plus te voir!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Epilogue - Dignitaires! Guerriers! Sous ces augustes voûtes


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