Cher Public

  • Milady DeWinter: Oh! The son! Oy! His blog about the underbelly of Hollywood life while working as a cab driver are very sad, for him, for... 1:59 PM
  • Camille: The Popplet *Daphne* is so beautifully sung, usw. 1:55 PM
  • Camille: Just finished it Buster, and you were so wise to recommend this one as the Popplet is so beautifully sung — the only... 1:54 PM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: She sang Olympia in 1955, but it doesn’t feel accurate to say it launched her in the coloratura Fach. It was more of... 1:53 PM
  • Will: I always liked Ms Reese and was delighted when I heard her singing “MusettaR 21; over the radio. When I informed my school... 1:52 PM
  • Buster: Could it be you have the performance from a week later, February 26th? That has the same cast you liust above, and was issued on... 1:46 PM
  • Camille: Oh hello Milady—YES, the poor lady suffered a terrible downfall, of which I read online a biographical sketch by her son and it... 1:43 PM
  • Camille: Honey, thank you so much but I don’t Spotify——the only spots I know are on my guilt-ridden hands as in “Out, damn... 1:27 PM

Your Coloraturafan dollars at work

The first two webisodes of Coloraturafan‘s interview series are now live. Read more »

Tuesdays with Mary

Miss Garden smiled. “You probably have never seen a thin Violetta,” she exclaimed. “You’ll find that that will make a difference.”  Inaugurating a new feature on parterre, dedicated to the wit and wisdom of Mary Garden, as recorded by the journalists of her day.

Dead heat

Now the deadline has passed for the Immolation Quiz, La Cieca is happy if a bit puzzled to announce that the result is a tie: two of the cher public were able to identify 23 of the 25 voices in the quiz correctly.   Read more »



Here, for the first time in 40 years, the CBS telecast of the April 21-22 gala honoring the retirement of Sir Rudolf Bing.

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Il sacro fuoco

Here’s recent Met debutante Liudmyla Monastyrska in that ultimate “furibonda” role, Abigaille in Nabucco.

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Raspberry sauce

According to a fan site, Dame Kiri te Kanawa is not just playing any old diva on next season’s Downton Abbey, but Dame Nellie Melba herself!

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Strange music

Sempiternal soprano Edita Gruberova celebrates her “45th stage anniversary” tomorrow, Monday February 18 with a performance of Alaide in Bellini’s La Straniera live from the Vienna Musikverein.

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I can name that diva in six notes

In this clip from an Italian quiz show of the 1950s, Toti dal Monte requires not even a whole phrase to identify the unique voice of Magda Olivero.

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Chiedi all’aura lusinghiera

La Rondine, which began as a light Viennese operetta before being transformed into an Italian tearjerker, is not a natural diva vehicle…

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An embarrassment of divas

As if last week’s survey wasn’t enough, a few more recent diva-recital disks remain worthy of attention particularly since they arrive from five front-rank singers.

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