Dame Joan Sutherland’s Iconic Costumes To Be Showcased Publicly in Melbourne

By David Salazar

Thirty of Dame Joan Sutherland’s legendary costumes are heading to the Arts Centre Melbourne.

Per a press release, Opera Australia and Arts Centre Melbourne are teaming up to showcase some of her most iconic costumes in a locale where they can be viewed continuously by the general public. The collection of wardrobe features decades-worth of dresses, wigs, headpieces, and other accessories. Among the many costumes featured are those from the great soprano’s interpretations of Violetta in “La Traviata,” Marguerite de Valois in “Les Huguenots,” and “Lucrezia Borgia.”

“We are proud and thrilled to partner with Arts Centre Melbourne and donate the costumes that best represent Dame Joan’s illustrious career,” stated Opera Australia CEO Rory Jeffes regarding the partnership. “These costumes are a treasured piece of Australian history and we are glad that ACM will ensure their continued preservation and share them with the public.”

The first set of costumes will appear in November 2018 with the remainder of the collection set to trickle down in the months thereafter.