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Mary Hoffman Archive: Joan Sutherland

Allan Warren
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Joan Sutherland in 1975

Mary Rousculp Hoffman became program director of WOSU-FM in 1966.

By the time she retired over 20 years later, Mary had interviewed many of the world's finest classical artists during their visits to Central Ohio. The Mary Hoffman Archive includes interviews with Thomas Schippers, Maria Callas and Vladimir Horowitz.

In May 1972, Joan Sutherland was in Columbus for a concert at Mershon Auditorium.

Mary was there, too!

Here's an excerpt from Mary's conversation with Sutherland. Mary begins by asking about Maria Callas' weight loss: How does body weight affect the voice?

Dame Joan Sutherland (1926-2010) was born in Sydney. She's considered one of the greatest sopranos of the 20th century—or any century, for that matter. Her voice was large, beautiful and florid. She usually appeared in concerts and operas conducted by her husband, Richard Bonynge. 

Sutherland retired from singing in 1989, wrapping up a career that had begun in the 1940s. She died at her home in Switzerland in 2010.

Christopher Purdy is Classical 101's early morning host, 7-10 a.m. weekdays. He is host and producer of Front Row Center – Classical 101’s weekly celebration of Opera and more – as well as Music in Mid-Ohio, Concerts at Ohio State, and the Columbus Symphony broadcast series. He is the regular pre-concert speaker for Columbus Symphony performances in the Ohio Theater.
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