(Bryce Hallett’s article appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, 10/13.)

Among the tributes honouring Dame Joan Sutherland, the greatest opera singer Australia has produced, there emerges a loving portrait of a down-to-earth, dedicated, self-effacing and good-humoured diva.

When the artist Sidney Nolan presented his set model and designs for a revival of Il Trovatore at the Opera House, his peach-coloured centrepiece of a full moon prompted Sutherland to drily remark: ''It looks like a fried egg to me.''

via www.smh.com.au

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