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Experience the remarkable performances behind three incredible costumes worn by Joan Sutherland over her 40-year career. Made possible by Opera Australia, giving us access to some of their grandest archival productions online.

These costumes, worn by Joan Sutherland in her roles as Lucrezia Borgia, Lucia di Lammermoor and Lakme, are preserved as part of The Performing Arts Collection.

 

Lucrezia Borgia


Costume worn by Joan Sutherland in the title role of Lucrezia Borgia

 

Costume designed by Kristian Fredrikson, worn by Joan Sutherland in the title role of Lucrezia Borgia, Act Three, Scene Two, The Australian Opera, 1977
Gift of Opera Australia 2019, Australian Performing Arts Collection, Arts Centre Melbourne. Photograph by Narelle Wilson

 

‘Era desso il figlio mio’ Donizetti’s Lucrezie Borgia

Dame Joan Sutherland performs the heart-wrenching, mournful aria from the second act of Donizetti’s bel canto masterwork.


Dame Joan Sutherland in Lucrezia Borgia

 

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Lucia di Lammermoor


Costume worn by Joan Sutherland as Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor

 

Costume designed by Michael Stennett, worn by Joan Sutherland as Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, Act Three, Scene Two, The Australian Opera, 1980
Gift of Opera Australia 2019, Australian Performing Arts Collection, Arts Centre Melbourne. Photograph by Narelle Wilson

 

'Eccola!' (The Mad Scene) Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor

Dame Joan Sutherland’s version of the famous “mad scene” in London in 1959 – an extraordinary technical challenge and showpiece for the singer playing Lucia – is now legendary. She brought her performance home to Australia several times in the decades following.


Dame Joan Sutherland in Lucia di Lammermoor

 

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Lakmé


Costume worn by Joan Sutherland in the title role of Lakme

 

Costume designed by Desmond Digby, worn by Joan Sutherland in the title role of Lakmé, The Australian Opera, 1976
Gift of Opera Australia 2019, Australian Performing Arts Collection, Arts Centre Melbourne. Photograph by Narelle Wilson

 

'Ou va la jeune Indoue, Fille des Pariah' (Bell Song) Delibes' Lakmé

Dame Joan Sutherland performs the Bell Song from the second act of Lakmé, a showpiece for coloratura sopranos with its fiendishly high and intricate passages.


Dame Joan Sutherland in Lakme

 

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