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  • perfidia: I have been thinking, after hearing Peters’ recording of Zerbinetta, that she was probably... 9:46 AM
  • Krunoslav: I had indeed forgotten- quite awful, with Hvorostovsky– ; was it his first studio set?–... 9:43 AM
  • Buster: The piano version, in this case, works well – more intimate, more exposed: httpv://www.you... 9:35 AM
  • Gualtier M: Just a note here: Metropolitan Opera accumulated a $22 million dollar deficit last year,... 9:35 AM
  • kennedet: I hope not, Salome. Is she trying to reinvent herself or just having fun? If it’s the... 9:20 AM
  • Buster: There is a also a Jessye Cavalleria Rusticana – best forgotten. 9:08 AM
  • Often admonished: She sang both soprano and mezzo parts for Abbado. At two separate performances, fortunately. 8:41 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Ja danke. Klar, Freitag habe ich den Türken. :) 8:16 AM
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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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