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  • NPW-Paris: Who was it who said “Logic has little to do with the opera world”? 5:49 PM
  • NPW-Paris: Voilà : “I always thought the secret of that rare event, an exciting evening at the opera, lay in everything, for once,... 5:35 PM
  • Camille: Logic has little to do with the opera world. Ms Kurzak stated in her interview she learned the role in a matter of weeks, and... 5:34 PM
  • NPW-Paris: I don’t remember being bored with it in Paris. Of course, at my age I don’t remember much at all. I’ll go and... 5:34 PM
  • Camille: La Juive is “boring̶ 1; to us these days as it is a style of French academicism which we don’t hear all that much... 5:24 PM
  • tiger1: Well, in that case it was good for Ms Kurzak that the opportunity arose. 5:17 PM
  • Camille: Much as I am sorry to say, afraid that m. croche’s gotcha is entirely àpropos. High-flown literary metaphor and allusion... 4:58 PM
  • chicagoing: “MattilaR 30;performed with extraordinary gusto and commitment, engaged in every phrase of her music…” ; 4:44 PM

The Quantification of the Diva: Part the Fourth

Photo: © Clive Barda/Royal OperaAs we launch into the fourth and final movement of our étude, La Cieca asks the musical question, “Can a Contemporary Diva achieve Grandezza, or, for that matter, Drag Imitability?” Let’s see what the numbers tell us.  Read more »

The Quantification of the Diva: Part the Third

traviata_gheorghiuAnd now, cher public, let’s put today’s singers, the Contemporary Divas, under the microscope. How do they stack up? Read more »

The Quantification of the Diva: Part the Second

caballeLa Cieca continues to apply the Kang Method to the dozen divas of the Classic mode. This time, our five criteria for diva status offer fewer total points, but the difficulty level remains the same. Especially for Renata Scotto. Read more »

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The Quantification of the Diva: Part the First

We begin our Kang Method statistical analysis of That Which is Called Diva with a dozen Classic Divas:  Hildegard Behrens, Montserrat Caballé, Régine Crespin, Mirella Freni, Marilyn Horne, Christa Ludwig, Jessye Norman, Leontyne Price, Leonie Rysanek, Renata Scotto, Joan Sutherland and Tatiana Troyanos, henceforth called by first name or nickname as applicable. Our first report will examine the five “major” qualities of diva.

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