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has died.

Libera Me, from Verdi’s Requiem, 1967, with Georg Solti and the Vienna Philharmonic.

From Anthony Tommasini’s obituary:

Ms. Sutherland was a plain-spoken and ordinary person, who enjoyed needlepoint and playing with her grandchildren. Though she knew who she was, she was quick to poke fun at her prima donna persona.

“I love all those demented old dames of the old operas,” she said in a 1961 Times profile. “All right, so they’re loony. The music’s wonderful.”

Tried to find a YouTube of her singing some Purcell, but expected nothing and found nothing. Not really her thing. Here’s something vaguely Purcellian, three baroque arias.

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2 Responses to “Joan Sutherland…”

  1. Ellie Says:

    Am very saddened by this news.

    One minor consolation, I am delighted to know that in addition to being right about absolutely everything, Margaret Soltan is a Sutherland fan.

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Ellie: You make me very happy with that remark.

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