Singers: Orchids from the Outback

Fourteen years ago Joan Sutherland left Sidney as an unknown typist. Last week she returned home as La Stupenda, heading her own opera company, with 145 members, for a four-week tour of Australia. Melbourne proudly put on its best bib and tucker for the local girl who made good. Bewigged footmen in period costume bowed as they opened the doors of Rolls-Royces, Bentleys, Jaguars and Daimlers for elegant women wearing chinchilla and diamond tiaras, distinguished men in white tie and tails as they passed through the chilly Australian winter night into Her Majesty's...

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