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joan sutherland passes away at 83

Australian opera singer Joan Sutherland has died in Switzerland at 83 years old. She had been suffering from an illness for a long time, and she died peacefully on Sunday morning.

Sutherland was affectionately known by fans as "La Stupenda," and was described by Luciano Pavarotti as "the greatest voice of the century."

Here's what her daughter-in-law Helen had to say about Sutherland's passing:

"She's a very important person all over the world, but for us this is our family and we're just trying to come to terms with this."

Here's what Antonio Pappano, music director at the Royal Opera in London, had to say about her:

"She actually was 'Stupenda.' A lovely human being who could sing anybody off the stage. And I mean anybody. What she did for bel canto music and its technique cannot be underestimated. We have lost one of the true greats."

The Grammy-award winning opera singer sang in nearly 50 operas, and received many honors over the years. She was made Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1979, and she received an Order of Merit in 1991.

Sutherland is survived by her husband Richard Bonynge, their son Adam and daughter-in-law Helen.

Our thoughts go out to Joan Sutherland's family, friends, and many fans. She will be missed.

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