12th October 2010 Switzerland
Joan Sutherland died at her Swizz home aged 83. She died on Sunday 10th October. For many younger people she will be something of a mystery. However it is probably fair to say that she was one of the greatest opera singers of the 21 st Century. She was also very influential and inspired many.
Miss Sutherland did not have one of those opera voices that can sound screechy to the ordinary man or woman on the street. Instead she had a rich, mellow sounding voice that boomed out powerfully.
Born in Australia Dame Joan Sutherland, as she became, had a long career in opera. It spanned more than four decades. In an interview Dame Joan said of her startling singing voice: "I don’t believe you can just fabricate a great voice out of nothing. I think that lasting voices are the gift of God.” Listen to the video link and see if you agree.