Joan Sutherland has died, the Telegraph and others newspapers report.
Critics will vault among the superlatives in a quest to identify her essence. For me, it was a matter of purity. Nothing emanating from another human voice will likely approach that sound again.
“She was a legend, certainly, because she and her husband brought back to life the bel canto school – those operas, and her voice was extraordinary. It changed the way we listen to singing and the way we teach singing,” said mezzo and Curtis Institute of Music vocal teacher Marlena Kleinman Malas.
Her first time hearing Sutherland was in 1958 - before her famed 1959 Zeffirelli Lucia di Lammermoor production conducted by Tullio Serafin.