Dame Joan Sutherland. Australian Certainly, her beginnings were not easy. She was born on November 7, 1926, in the affluent Sydney harbourside suburb of Point Piper, but her father, a Scottish tailor, died when she was six, leaving her family to fend for itself. when she was six, leaving her family to fend for itself.
Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi was an Italian composer of operas. Verdi was born near Busseto to a provincial family of moderate means, and developed a musical education with the help of a local patron.