Joan Sutherland, “la stupenda” RIP

Let’s spend a quite moment remembering the fabulous Australian soprano Joan Sutherland, who just died. Hat tip to Joyce DiDonato on Twitter (@JoyceDiDonato) who brought this to my attention and also posted this link to a fantastic performance by Dame Joan of Sempre Libera. Oh wait, that’s not a “quiet” moment, but it certainly is appropriate.

UPDATE: and here is a link to the same aria as performed in 1965. The tenor in the background is one Luciano Pavarotti.