11 Oct 2010
Dame Joan Sutherland, Diva Who Sang Mad Lucia, Dies in Switzerland at 83
Raphaela Papadakis seems to like ‘playing with fire’. After her acclaimed performance as the put-upon maid, Anna, in Independent Opera’s production of Šimon Voseček’s Beidermann and the Arsonists at Sadler’s Wells last year, she is currently rehearsing for the premiere this week of And London Burned, a new opera by Matt Rogers which has been commissioned by Temple Music Foundation to commemorate the 350th anniversary of The Great Fire of London.
By Manuela Hoelterhoff [Bloomberg.com, 11 October 2010]
Joan Sutherland, a large-boned, helmet-haired, high-singing Australian soprano with a perfect trill died at age 83 in Switzerland, her refuge after decades of singing unhinged maidens, enraged priestesses, and happy-go- lucky waifs.