Described by no lesser singer than Luciano Pavarotti as "the voice of the century" the Australian dramatic colaratura soprano, Joan Sutherland – alongside her conductor husband Richard Bonynge – also repopularised many works of near forgotten Italian bel canto opera such as Massenet's Esclarmonde.
Possessing a voice of rare clarity, range and power, Dame Joan was certainly one of the most popular sopranos of the 20th century – particularly on account of her down to earth nature compared to the famous Divas like Callas.
Here in the 991 classical vaults we have a deep respect for the works of Ms Sutherland, and have an accordingly large selection of her recorded works in stock;
For example, Sutherland's warm and witty interpretation of Marie from Donizetti's La Fille du Regiment has always been greatly admired, this particular recording also features a young Pavarotti making his name as The King of the High C's
Alternatively, how about Massenet's Esclarmonde, rescued from obscurity and one of Sutherland's own favourite operas? Massenet considered Esclarmonde to be his best work but it had completely fallen out of the standard repertoir and been completely unperformed for thirty years until Richard Bonynge and Joan Sutherland revived it in 1974.
Or an unusual turn in the tile role of Puccini's Turandot – once again with Pavarotti (who here sings the legendary aria Nessun Dorma) and Monserrat Cabale. Sutherland was better known for singing bel canto roles from the 18th and 19th century, making this performance of an early 20th century opera something of an oddity.
Alternatively – you can check out our entire range of Joan Sutherland recordings…