Joan Sutherland at her debut at the Old Met in Lucia | [photographer unknown] I saw her here at the Old Met, Lucia di Lamamore.

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Joan Sutherland at her debut at the Old Met in Lucia | [photographer unknown] I saw her here at the Old Met, Lucia di Lamamore.

Maria Callas visiting Joan Sutherland and her husband, Richard Bonynge, backstage after performing Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at Covent Garden, London .

Maria Callas visiting Joan Sutherland and her husband, Richard Bonynge, backstage after performing Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at Covent Garden, London .

Joan Sutherland-La Stupenda. Although she originally trained as a Wagnerian singer-she switched to the Bel Canto repetory, a MUCH different style, and helped bring about a new "Golden Age of Opera" with her exciting high notes and coloratura.

Joan Sutherland-La Stupenda. Although she originally trained as a Wagnerian singer-she switched to the Bel Canto repetory, a MUCH different style, and helped bring about a new "Golden Age of Opera" with her exciting high notes and coloratura.

L'elisir d'amore / Act 2: "Una furtiva lagrima...Eccola!", a song by Gaetano Donizetti, Luciano Pavarotti, Dame Joan Sutherland, English Chamber Orchestra, Richard Bonynge on Spotify

L'elisir d'amore / Act 2: "Una furtiva lagrima...Eccola!", a song by Gaetano Donizetti, Luciano Pavarotti, Dame Joan Sutherland, English Chamber Orchestra, Richard Bonynge on Spotify

Rigoletto duet 1971: #10 Tutte le feste al tempio. Joan Sutherland

Rigoletto duet 1971: #10 Tutte le feste al tempio. Joan Sutherland

Dame Joan Sutherland - 'Eccola!' (The Mad Scene) Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor

Dame Joan Sutherland - 'Eccola!' (The Mad Scene) Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor

Joan Sutherland on stage with Beverly Sills in San Diego Operas 1980 production of Die Fledermaus.

Joan Sutherland on stage with Beverly Sills in San Diego Operas 1980 production of Die Fledermaus.

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