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. Enjoy Joan Sutherland’s best quotes below.
“Technique is the basis of every pursuit. If you’re a sportsman or you’re a singer or a swimmer, well that comes under sport but you have to develop a basic technique to know what you’re doing at any given time.”
“You can listen to what everybody says, but the fact remains that you’ve got to get out there and do the thing yourself.”
“I’m somewhat horrified because I don’t think the young people today even know what history is. Some of them don’t’ even study History at school anymore or Geography and they don’t know where one place is from another.”
“I’m very happy to sing whatever I’m singing. I’ve always enjoyed any role I’ve been given at a certain time. They’ve all been favourites, they’ve all been wonderful pieces to play.”
“I don’t sing for anybody. I wouldn’t sing for the Queen dear.”
“I wasn’t actually trained by my mother, she said she never taught me but she was a great singer herself and I can’t remember when I didn’t listen to her sing and imitate her.”