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  • Porgy Amor: I have missed you here! So perhaps Carmen is Bieito on best behavior. That has long been its rep. If someone who would get all... 4:44 PM
  • grimoaldo: I saw LE Gray do all sorts of roles with ENO way,way back in the day, including Micaela in Carmen, in a production that had... 4:40 PM
  • grimoaldo: “I had the phrase “ornamental free-form sodomy” all cocked and ready to go for this review but didn’t get to pull it out... 4:35 PM
  • BB: The trouble is the singer chosen not the language. Heinrich Schlusnus can make you believe that German IS the original.... 4:32 PM
  • armerjacquino: Nobody writes better than the Freed. 2:50 PM
  • mountmccabe: Great review! I agree with pretty much everything. One note, that was the revival director, Joan Anton Rechi (the revival... 2:22 PM
  • redbear: And old story from Oscar Levant. In the LA post-war period, Harpo Marx asked him to invite people to parties at his house. At... 2:16 PM
  • La Cieca: “OH IT IS ON!” 1:20 PM

Elektral college

In preparation for the big night on Wednesday at Carnegie Hall, La Cieca thought the cher public might like to share some of their favorite Elektra videos and anecdotes. Your doyenne gets the ball rolling right after the jump.   Read more »

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]

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The law of diminishing divas

La 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. 

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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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