Sutherland, Joan

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Sutherland, Joan Gender: F
Joan Alston Sutherland
born on 7 November 1926 at 17:30 (= 5:30 PM )
Place Sydney, Australia, 33s52, 151e13
Timezone AEST h10e (is standard time)
Data source
Orig source not known
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Rodden
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Joan Sutherland
photo: Allan Warren, license gfdl


Australian singer, a leading 20th century coloratura operatic soprano called "Las Stupenda." In a career spanning 45 years the diva made over 1800 appearances on the operatic stage and played 49 roles. Made a Dame of the British Empires in 1979, she is the author of an autobiography "The Progress of a Prima Donna," 1997.

The daughter of Scottish immigrants, her dad died when she was six. Raised by her non-professional mezzo-soprano mom and a family in which everyone was musical, she thrived with singing lessons in childhood and the years of work and training. She entered a singing competition and won first prize, which entitled her to two years of free vocal training, after which she made her debut in Sydney in 1947. When the training ended, she entered two more competitions and won first prize in both. She then headed for London and the Royal College of Music. After three auditions at Covent Garden, she was debuted as resident soprano in 1952, making her debut in "The Magic Flute." Even though she had her first concert at 21, it was some seven years before she reached her full voice.

She married conductor Richard Bonynge, her friend from childhood and former singing coach in 1954; they had one son and two grandchildren. After a four-decade career she retired 10/02/1990. Since then, she has divided her time between homes in her native Australia and Montreaux, Switzerland. In her adult years, she suffered with severe arthritis.

Her authorized biography was written by Norma Major, 1995.

She died October 10, 2010 at her home near Montreux, Switzerland.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Relationship : Marriage 1954 (Richard Bonynge)
  • Work : Prize 1979 (Dame of the British Empire)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1997 (Autobiography)
  • Death, Cause unspecified 10 October 2010 (Age 85, near Montreux Switzerland)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Garth Allen in AA 1/64; same in British Journal. Dennis Sutton gives the same "from her" in Sutton's 50 Australian charts, published 1996


  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Richard Bonynge)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/Opera (Coloratura Soprano)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women