Grand: Costumes from the Dame Joan Sutherland Collection

Grand: Costumes from the Dame Joan Sutherland CollectionGrand: Costumes from the Dame Joan Sutherland Collection

Grand: Costumes from the Dame Joan Sutherland Collection
An online exhibition

Grand


Costumes from the Dame Joan Sutherland Collection
Australian Performing Arts Collection, Arts Centre Melbourne

In 2019, the Australian Performing Arts Collection (APAC) welcomed an exciting donation of costumes worn by Dame Joan Sutherland from Opera Australia. Comprising 30 complete costumes, the collection spans the breadth of Sutherland's expansive repertoire and includes gowns, head pieces, jewellery, wigs and shoes from over three decades on the world stage.

The collection captures many of Sutherland's most recognisable roles such as Violetta in La Traviata, Marguerite de Valois in Les Huguenots and the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor. It also highlights the work of leading international designers such as Michael Stennett and Jos© Varona as well as Australian designers including Desmond Digby, Kristian Fredrikson, Kenneth Rowell and John Truscott.

Grand is presented as an introduction to the Joan Sutherland Costume Collection. Through Sutherland's costumes for Semiramide (1965), The Tales of Hoffmann (1974), Lakm© (1976) and Lucrezia Borgia (1977), we learn more about historic performances from a golden age of opera. We also explore alternative methods of capturing the collection through 3D scanning and photogrammetry and reveal what it takes to collect and preserve this extraordinary legacy.

"Dame Joan has played such a significant role in my life. It would be impossible to overstate the influence this great artist has had on me."
Soprano, Deborah Cheetham AO, 2020

Dame Joan Sutherland OM, AC, DBE


Born in Sydney in 1926, Joan Sutherland was encouraged to sing by her mother, a talented mezzo soprano. At 19 she began formal training with John and Aida Dickens and performed in concerts, oratorios and broadcasts around Australia, winning the Sun Aria competition in 1949 and the Mobile Quest in 1950. She left Australia in 1951 to study at the Royal College of Music in London and became a member of the Company of the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden in 1952.



❊ When ❊


Happens: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday



❊ Where ❊


Arts Centre Melbourne View Venue
100 St Kilda Road Melbourne Victoria 3000 Map
Arts Centre Melbourne℅ Naarm
100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, 3000, Victoria✆ Venue: 1300 182 183 | 61 3 9281 8000 | Event:





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Grand: Costumes from the Dame Joan Sutherland Collection

www.artscentremelbourne.com.au


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