Operatic legend Joan Sutherland dies at 83
Published 12/10/2010 | 05:00
Australian opera star Joan Sutherland, known by her fans as 'La Stupenda', has died in Switzerland aged 83.
Her family said the soprano, once described by Luciano Pavarotti as "the greatest voice of the century", passed away peacefully in the early hours of Sunday morning after suffering a long illness. She had retired to live near Montreux in Switzerland.
"She's a very important person all over the world, but for us this is our family and we're just trying to come to terms with it," her daughter-in-law Helen told the 'Sydney Morning Herald'.
Leading figures in music paid tribute to the singer, best known for the bel canto operas of Donizetti and Bellini.
"She actually was 'stupenda'," said Antonio Pappano, music director, London's Royal Opera.