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Joan Sutherland Print by Michael Stennett (Medium)

Item# 10059506

Joan Sutherland Print by Michael Stennett (Medium)

Artist and theatre designer Michael Stennett had a long working relationship with legendary soprano Joan Sutherland. The Met Opera Shop specially commissioned him to create this giclée print capturing Sutherland in her celebrated performance of the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor.

Stennett was introduced to Sutherland in 1966 and sent her several costume designs for some of the roles in her repertoire. He went on to design many productions for prominent opera companies in which she appeared, and also created portraits of the singer in some of her most celebrated roles.

 “In the 40 years that I performed I have been fortunate to wear what I feel are some of the most beautiful costumes I have ever seen as the result of Michael’s labors. Of course I have my favorites, but the thrill never diminishes: stepping onto the stage, transformed by Michael’s magic into the character one is playing for the night. Michael has helped me to create my various ladies by designing gowns that transport me from the twentieth century to their respective periods.” - Joan Sutherland, 2010


  • Giclée print, signed by the artist
  • Printed on archival quality fine art paper (310 gsm Hahnemühle William Turner)
  • Size: 13” x 11.5”
  • Met Opera Shop exclusive

Lucia di Lammermoor
The character of Lucia has become an icon in opera and beyond, an archetype of the constrained woman asserting herself in society. She reappears as a touchstone for such diverse later characters as Flaubert’s adulterous Madame Bovary and the repressed Englishmen in the novels of E. M. Forster. The insanity that overtakes and destroys Lucia, depicted in opera’s most celebrated mad scene, has especially captured the public imagination. Donizetti’s handling of this fragile woman’s state of mind remains seductively beautiful, thoroughly compelling, and deeply disturbing. Premiere:
Teatro San Carlo, Naples, 1835.

Gaetano Donizetti (1797–1848)

Met History
The role of the fragile title heroine who teeters between love and madness is shared by sopranos Olga Peretyatko-Mariotti and
Pretty Yende, who have each impressed audiences with dazzling
bel canto portrayals at the Met. Vittorio Grigolo and Michael Fabiano share the role of her lover in this chilling production by Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman. Roberto Abbado conducts.


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