There is nothing more Lujon than the countless ways critics tried to describe Joan Sutherland’s legendary voice.
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.
As we are all fans of the specific International English used to capture the sound of classical Opera singing, so here’s some samples and ways of saying (taken straight from Wikipedia, because we’re modern like that) that should definitely become part of your day-to-day lingo:
– According to John Yohalem, “Her lower register was a cello register, Stradivarius-hued.”
– “Extraordinary agility, accurate intonation, “supremely” pin-point staccatos”
– Her voice was full and rounded even in her highest notes, which was brilliant, but sometimes “slightly acid.”
– “She earlier had a very Germanic “un-legato” way of singing”
– “as if the singer were singing into the neck of a resonant bottle”
– “Sutherland deals in vocal velvet”
Let us also not forget that with a look that can easily be positioned between Bea Arthur, Joan Crawford and a good, salty sprinkle of Alicia Markova, Joan Sutherland is also the high-drag extravaganza of choice of our fashion director.
By Matteo Sarti