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  • dcrazmo: Satisfied: Why is the review drivel? Because you disagree with it? 12:45 PM
  • antikitschychick: lol what a pesky lot those conductors eh mirywi? :-P.No but seriously, in some cases, if... 12:35 PM
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  • redbear: I meant America’s leadership role. If America decided to think like Denmark, for example,... 12:25 PM
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  • Kenhere: On the contrary, the opera begins with sympathy for the hijackers, in the Chorus of Exiled... 12:15 PM
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  • LittleMasterMiles: The “more-like-a n-oratorio” criticism has been around forever, as though... 12:05 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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