Here are some examples of Joan Sutherland's great talent.
Dame Joan Alston Sutherland (1926 – 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. Her friend Luciano Pavarotti once called Sutherland the "Voice of the Century"; Montserrat Caballé described the Australian's voice as being like "heaven".
Lakmé (Léo Delibes): Flower duet
Lakmé (Léo Delibes): Bell song
Norma (Bellini): Mira, o Norma (with Marilyn Horne)