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  • Krunoslav: For that matter, Richard Tucker himself was hardly an artist of the consequence of Edgar Evans or... 12:32 AM
  • Krunoslav: “the excellent Marjorie Owens, soon to be Norma at ENO” Owens did well at the Met as... 12:24 AM
  • Bill: PCally – Benackova was truly radiant as Elisabeth and I saw Jones do it several times in Vienna... 12:20 AM
  • Satisfied: My favorite line: Knowing that Ms. Damrau was sick, Dr. Cho expected she would not kiss her... 10:45 PM
  • PCally: Unfortunately I’ve never seen any of those ladies live but Jones and Studer (I can’t... 9:25 PM
  • Poison Ivy: One thing EMW does have that will work in her favor is a naturally sympathetic, warm stage... 9:07 PM
  • Bill: Westbroek may have the prerequisite volume for Elisabeth, but the persistent wobble absolutely turns me... 8:52 PM
  • PCally: I think Elisabeth is actually the right way for her to go. It’s not a very loud role and sits... 8:04 PM
  • whiskey per tutti: I’ve never understood what a “glassy̶ 1; tone is. Definition? YouTube... 6:46 PM
  • PCally: I still think she has the potential to be an excellent Elisabeth next season, dramatically... 5:19 PM

Putting on the Ritz

Leave it to that savviest of all divas, Jessye Norman, to work a subtle product placement into the very first chapter of her newly-released autobiography Stand Up Straight and Sing. Read more »

Berlin ballad

eggerth_thumbSeven decades of difference in age doesn’t stand in the way of a charming interview between Marta Eggerth and Zachary Woolfe on the occasion of her viewing her 1932 film Das Blaue vom Himmel for the very first time. (Prepare to be verklempt.) [New York Observer]

The law of diminishing divas

anita_arrivesLa Cieca invites the cher public to act as blue-ribbon panel in selecting the singers to be included in the “Greatest Diva” study.  Voting after the jump.  Read more »

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A denomination of divas

La Cieca was delighted, amused and infuriated (three of her favorite emotions) when she read yet another wonderful piece over at The Awl yesterday, a statistical analysis determining The Greatest Diva of the Past 25 Years. This treatise, by one Jay Caspian Kang, was limited in scope to ladies inhabiting the realm of popular music, so your doyenne was inspired to have a similar study done in our own field of Opera Diva. Now, in order to get the scientific ball rolling, she’s going to seek your assistance, cher public.  

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The Great Lady Has an Interview

Legendary diva Martina Arroyo chats with Our Own JJ about learning, teaching and The Odd Couple. [New York Post]

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Fall guy

Our Own JJ (not pictured) interviews the legendary Charles Busch and goes on to muse on drag (not in drag, on drag) at the new joint venture Thirteen/Capital.

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Talking the talk

An elegantly beturbaned Miss Leontyne Price offers an object lesson in The Art of the Diva Interview.

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retiree returns to the work force

You can pull the fork out of Madame Vera Galupe-Borszkh, because, believe it or not, she’s still not done. How, you ask, can that be? Well, according to an email received by La Cieca this morning, In the tradition of many great divas who pack it in, only to unpack, Madame Vera emerged from retirement last summer for a recital at Tanglewood at the invitation of Maestro James Levine. Her artistry was greeted with the kind of ecstatic response that only encourages divas of a certain age. Thus emboldened, the legendary “traumatic soprano” indulged a whim (and who better to [...]

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why do you think they call me “master?”

The scene: a university voice studio’s master class. The guest: Carol Vaness.  The diva/pedagogue opines that a young singer is “pressing on the sound.” Y.S.: [thinks for a moment] You know, you’re right! C.V.: [unsmiling] Of course I’m right. I’m famous.

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va! laisse couler leurs larmes

Legendary, lovely Evelyn Lear is a lady who knows what she wants. La Cieca hears that for a recent master class engagement, the veteran diva had only a few simple requirements: “Cups and water, and the water should not be iced; a mirror; and a box of Kleenex for when I make the students cry.” [kml_flashembed movie="http://youtube.com/v/CEHaodRBABw" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]  

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