"Dame Joan Sutherland (Anna), internationally acknowledged as one of the finest singers of this century, has appeared at The Dallas Opera in concert as Lucia, Donna Anna, and Alcina (American stage debut, 1960). Beginning with her triumph as Lucia at Covent Garden in 1959, the Australian soprano has conquered the audiences of every major company in the world. Many of these companies, including La Scala and the Metropolitan Opera, have staged operas especially for Dame Joan. She has introduced many previously unknown works to the public--ranging from Bellini's Beatrice di Tenda to Massenet's Esclarmonde--and has documented her career extensively on recordings and television." Program notes from The Merry Widow (1989).