Dame Joan Alston Sutherland, OM, AC, DBE (7 November 1926 - 10 October 2010) was an Australian dramatic coloratura soprano noted for her contribution to the renaissance of the bel canto repertoire from the late 1950s through to the 1980s. One of the most remarkable female opera singers of the 20th century, she was dubbed La Stupenda by a La Fenice audience in 1960 after a performance of the title role in Handel's Alcina. She possessed a voice of beauty and power, combining extraordinary agility, accurate intonation, "supremely" pinpoint staccatos, a splendid trill and a tremendous upper register, although music critics often complained about the imprecision of her diction. Her friend Luciano Pavarotti once called Sutherland the "Voice of the Century"; Montserrat Caballé described the Australian's voice as being like "heaven"...
Lyrics & English Translation
The night, deep and dark, reigned in the silence... A pale ray from the gloomy moon shone on the fountain... When a low sigh was heard throughout the air; and there on the fountain's edge the shadow appeared to me! Ah! Her lips moved as if speaking, and with her lifeless hand she seemed to call me. She stood there, motionless, then she suddenly disappeared. And the water, earlier so limpid, became as red as the blood.
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