La Stupenda: Joan Sutherland



Martin Handley hosts an evening celebrating the artistry of Australian soprano Joan Sutherland, who turns 80 this month.

Her talent was internationally recognised in 1959 when she appeared in the title role of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor at the Royal Opera House,London. Hailed as La Stupenda by fans in Venice the following year, she has remained one of the most endearing and popular divas of our time. Her exceptionally long career on the world's operatic stages continued until 1990.

Martin is joined in the studio by former director of the Edinburgh Festival Brian McMaster, singer and broadcaster Catherine Bott and Australian academic and writer Peter Conrad to discuss the many aspects of the voice and character of this extraordinary musician. Music critic Rodney Milnes offers a personal view of her recording legacy. With music by Bach, Donizetti, Handel, Massenet, Handel, Bellini, Tippett and Rossini.

Including at 7.30pm

Bach: Aria (Cantata No 147)

Joan Sutherland (soprano)

Geraint Jones Orchestra

Geraint Jones (conductor)

Mozart: Or sai chi l'onore (Act 1, Don Giovanni)

Joan Sutherland (soprano)

Philharmonia Orchestra

Carlo Maria Giulini (conductor)

Donizetti: Regnava nel silenzio (Act 1, Lucia di Lammermoor)

Joan Sutherland (soprano)

Ana Raquel Satre (soprano)

Orchestra of Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Roma

John Pritchard (conductor)

Handel: Let the Bright Seraphim (Samson)

Joan Sutherland (soprano)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Francesco Molinari-Pradelli (conductor)


Verdi: La traviata (Act 1)

Joan Sutherland (soprano)

Carlo Bergonzi (tenor)

Orchestra and Chorus of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

John Pritchard (conductor)


Donizetti: Tonio and Marie's duet (Act 1, La fille du régiment)

Joan Sutherland (soprano)

Luciano Pavarotti