© 2010 Myrra Joan Sutherland

Joan Sutherland

One of my teachers in high school was an opera fanatic. He travelled extensively
in order to hear his favorite singers, and was the proud owner of a large collection of opera recordings. He was especially enamoured with Joan Sutherland; she was practically a deity in his books.

I didn’t quite get it at the time. But when I started singing more seriously,
I certainly did.  Her voice. Her high notes. Her strength, her musical and vocal understanding, the extraordinary quality of her performances –  which I thank various record companies for letting me experience –  was breathtaking.

She left this world yesterday. A world a little more beautiful for her having been a part of it.