Joan Hammond lived an extraordinary life, as dramatic and deeply moving as any of the operatic roles for which she became famous: Tosca, Mimi, Butterfly, Aida, Salome, Rusalka.
No stranger to success, in her youth Joan was a golfing champion, excelling at most sports. But it was her voice that took her on a life-changing journey to
Joan Hammond was an inspiring character; yet behind the scenes she faced many challenging twists of fortune. When her own performing and recording days were over, she devoted herself to coaxing Australian opera into life not least through teaching young singers.
Sara Hardy tells Joan's life story in all its glamour and complexity.
Sara Hardy’s first biography was The Unusual Life of Edna Walling. She has worked as an actress and playwright for most of her life.
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Afternoon tea will be served.
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