(24 May 1912 – 26 November 1996)
New Zealand born soprano Joan Hammond immigrated to Australia when she was just six months old.
Success as a champion golfer was soon overshadowed when as a singer she trained in Europe and a successful career in the famous opera houses of Europe followed.
Recording Puccini's "O Mio Babino Caro" from Gianni Schicchi in English under the title "O My Beloved Father", it earned her a Gold Record award for one million sold in August of 1969.
Specialising in the Puccini heroines, Joan's repertoire also encompassed Verdi, Handel, Tchaikovsky, Massenet, Beethoven, as well as folk song, art song and lieder.
She retired from the opera stage and returned to Australia in 1965.
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