Maria Callas visiting Joan Sutherland and her husband, Richard Bonynge, backstage after performing Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at Covent Garden, London .

Maria Callas visiting Joan Sutherland and her husband, Richard Bonynge, backstage after performing Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at Covent Garden, London .

Joan Sutherland at her debut at the Old Met in Lucia | [photographer unknown] I saw her here at the Old Met, Lucia di Lamamore.

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Joan Sutherland at her debut at the Old Met in Lucia | [photographer unknown] I saw her here at the Old Met, Lucia di Lamamore.

Joan Sutherland-La Stupenda. Although she originally trained as a Wagnerian singer-she switched to the Bel Canto repetory, a MUCH different style, and helped bring about a new "Golden Age of Opera" with her exciting high notes and coloratura.

Joan Sutherland-La Stupenda. Although she originally trained as a Wagnerian singer-she switched to the Bel Canto repetory, a MUCH different style, and helped bring about a new "Golden Age of Opera" with her exciting high notes and coloratura.

Joan Sutherland on stage with Beverly Sills in San Diego Operas 1980 production of Die Fledermaus.

Joan Sutherland on stage with Beverly Sills in San Diego Operas 1980 production of Die Fledermaus.

Dame Joan Sutherland as Ophélie in the Canadian Opera Company's 1985 production of Ambroise Thomas' Hamlet

Dame Joan Sutherland as Ophélie in the Canadian Opera Company's 1985 production of Ambroise Thomas' Hamlet

Dame Joan Sutherland as 'Lucretia Borgia'. An amazing  Aussie opera sister.

Dame Joan Sutherland as 'Lucretia Borgia'. An amazing Aussie opera sister.

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