Family: Soprano Joan Sutherland has died, age 83

Australian Soprano Joan Sutherland poses in her dressing room at the Metropolitan Opera after making her met debut, Nov. 26, 1961, New York. Miss Sutherland won an ovation for her "Lucia di Lammermoor," the role which first brought her fame in London in 1959. On Monday October 11, 2010, the Sutherland's family announced that the Australian-born opera singer had died. She was 83. (AP Photo)

October 11, 2010 8:49:57 AM PDT
Soprano Joan Sutherland, whose purity of tone and brilliant vocal display made her one of the most celebrated opera singers of all time, has died at 83 after a four-decade career that won her praise as the successor to legend Maria Callas.