Joan Sutherland, one of the world's most acclaimed opera singers of the 20th century, died Monday morning in Switzerland. She was an amazing voice in her genre, who followed the path of Maria Callas and helped revitalize the bel canto repertoiry of early 19th century Italian opera.
Sutherland was so talented in fact, that after her 1960 debut in Venice, Italy, the country's extremely particular critics dubbed her "La Stupenda" ("The Stupendous One). Even those with reservations about Sutherland's artistry agreed that the Australian singer was a stupendous soprano.
Sutherland had an impressive vocal range, from a low G to astonishing and seemingly easy notes above high C. It seems as if this talented performer was always destined to become a Wagnerian dramatic soprano, and a stupendous one at that!