Cher Public

  • m. croche: Born on this day in 1813, composer Aleksandr Dargomyzhskii httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=5VSZ onRxavg 1:44 PM
  • laddie: I just love this woman’s performances in all of these old clips: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=XHFW 2xKiepk 1:03 PM
  • Milady DeWinter: Meade has lots of voice and range, but not much musicality or conviction. The voice is a “noisy” ; one... 12:53 PM
  • parpignol: “She’s the only one who can ride that horse in the Grand National!” 12:39 PM
  • Poison Ivy: JML what a wonderful memory! And thanks for sharing that clip! 12:38 PM
  • StellaDelMarinar: I did not say that Fleming would have been a compromaria in Bing’s day. I lived in the old house for seven years... 12:32 PM
  • antikitschychick: Happy Valentine’s day to all!! XoXo httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=l_4Y KzBtbpc and happy birthday Renee! Thank... 12:16 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: P.S. The sets are from the 1966 Marc Chagall production of “Die Zauberflöte” 11:57 AM

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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