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  • Milady DeWinter: Sweetie, from your mouth to God’s ear : Anna, come save AIda! I totally agree that she... 6:21 PM
  • calaf47: Yes…a very exciting evening in every way…with the “second̶ 1; cast and... 6:18 PM
  • Lindoro Almaviva: While I am at it, why not Larmore or Sonia Ganassi? They are moving to heavier Rep with... 6:05 PM
  • Lindoro Almaviva: I think Vesselina Kassarova used to do the role and she sounded pretty ferocious in it.... 5:58 PM
  • Uncle Kvetch: I saw it 10 days later, on Halloween. The Pamina that night was Miah Persson, and Toby Spence... 5:27 PM
  • antikitschychick: best of luck to you on your business travails Sanford :-). 5:11 PM
  • antikitschychick: yes Aida does require a lot of stamina…only singers with great technique can get... 5:09 PM
  • Satisfied: Fantastic performance of Brahms’ German Requiem this afternoon at Carnegie. Tempi was a... 4:57 PM
  • antikitschychick: Oye pero tu estabas acabando en esos dias ehh?? ;-). Being able to sit down and have a real... 4:56 PM
  • Satisfied: So looking forward to Wednesday’s performance! My only chance to see Herr Kaufmann all... 4:50 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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