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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
When the ship, broken by storms,
Succeeds at last in making it to port,
It no longer knows what it desires.
Thus, the heart, after torments and woes,
Once it recovers its solace,
A link to this wonderful artists personal Website:
I send my kind and warm regards,
Da tempeste il legno infranto, se poi salvo giunge in porto, non sa piu? che desiar.
Cosi? il cor tra pene e pianto, or che trova il suo conforto, torna l'anima a bear.
From storms the broken wood, if it is safe then reaches the port, does not know what to desiar.
So the heart between pain and crying, or find its comfort, the soul returns to bear.