Tribute to Joan Sutherland
Our thoughts on the passing of Dame Joan.
There's very little that we can add to the superlatives in many of the published articles that mark the passing of Dame Joan Sutherland.
She was as Pavarotti said, 'the voice of the century'. Modest and self-effacing, Joan Sutherland said of herself that she was not a great beauty or the world's best at stage-craft but she'd just been given this gift of a voice. (We'd be inclined to disagree with her first two observations but certainly not the last!) She also said that to be an opera singer, you needed to have the 'constitution of a horse'.