In today’s musical note I want to share with you a wonderful piece from La Traviata, performed by Luciano Pavarotti and Joan Sutherland (here and here). Pavarotti needs no introduction, but Joan Sutherland, who passed away in 2010, is maybe less known to the younger generation. (I had her recordings but knew little about her until a few years ago.) Standing six feet two inches tall, the dynamic Australian soprano had, as Pavarotti himself put it, the “voice of the century.” Music lovers should be thankful to her for discovering the other “voice of the century” – Luciano Pavarotti. Without Sutherland’s help, Pavarotti might never gotten the lucky break that even people with incredible talent need from time to time.
Norma premiered in La Scala (the Mecca of opera in Millan Italy)