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Dame Joan Sutherland Name: Joan Sutherland

Born: 7 November 1923 (Sydney)

Occupation: Opera Singer, Theatre performer (1947 - 1990)

Marital Status: Married (h. Richard Bonynge)

Career History:

1946 Formally trained by Joan and Aida Dickens
August 1947 Concert debut as Purcell's Dido
1951 Sang the role of Judith by Eugene Goosen at the Sydney Conservatorium. Later travelled to London to be trained in the Opera School of the RCM.
October 1952 Sang as the First Lady in 'Zie Zauberflote' with the Convent Garden Co.
1959 Sang as Lucia di Lammermoor.
1960-1961 Sang in various countries travelling with the Convent Garden Co.. Paris, La Scala, the Metropolitan, Venice and Dallas.
1979 Awarded the Dame of British Empire
Dec 1990 Final performance on New Year's Eve as the Merry Widow alongside Luciano Pavarotti and Marilyn Horne.
1991 Awarded the Order of Merit
Present day Together with Marilyn Horne, Sutherland works as judge on various music competition and is a panel member of the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition

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