Headshot of La Cieca

Cher Public

  • Camille: Thanks for having posted. It has always been my favourite section of that film and the one readily... 9:45 PM
  • Camille: Brava! Very funny “Morrò, ma prima in grazia”̷ 0;ecc .! And about the windmill... 9:39 PM
  • Camille: Mary Ann Croissant, lost twin sister of Mary Ann Kalogeropulos AKA Callas! 9:24 PM
  • Camille: httpv://youtube.co m/watch?v=wrlQym1S qZs “O Italia, o Italia del mio cuore…!!! 221;... 9:18 PM
  • Camille: Lieber und teuer Bill! Here is Big Lucy to sing about the girls of Trieste: httpv://outube.... 9:16 PM
  • Batty Masetto: And then of course there are the occasional blasts of halitosis from elsewhere… 8:55 PM
  • rapt: I know I’m frequently blown away, if not literally (or littorally), by the brilliance of La... 8:46 PM
  • Batty Masetto: I believe the bora has also been known to sweep through Parterre on occasion. 8:13 PM
  • manou: I have been to Trieste (but sadly not to the opera there). The city is sometimes subject to the bora,... 7:51 PM
  • MontyNostry: Well, it was Cappuccilli’ s hometown, so maybe that’s a good sign … 7:44 PM

The Quantification of the Diva: Part the First

rysanek-kaiserinWe 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. Read more »

Prelude to the Quantification of the Diva

diva_quantificationLa Cieca is delighted to announce a week-long series of investigative reports deciding once and for all the question “Who is the greatest opera diva of our generation?” Read more »

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 »

Read more »

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.  

Read more »

Read more »

The art of the non sequitur

La Cieca wishes she could write a caption so deadpan.

Read more »

Read more »

The ladies who liaise

Our own JJ (not pictured) revisits A Little Night Music, and who should be inhabiting that chateau extravagantly overstaffed but Elaine Stritch? [Capital New York]

Read more »

Read more »

Angel of peace

La Cieca’s fans worldwide will be happy to note that she doesn’t think scandals are limited to only New York and Bayreuth. In fact, wherever Patti LuPone goes, scandale follows. Right now, La LuPone is in Chicago, and, yes, the Hogtown natives are restless.

Read more »

Read more »

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]

Read more »

Read more »

“Tu vois je suis encore coquette!”

La Cieca is of the opinion that there are some sopranos who can act Manon, some who can sing Manon, and some who simply are Manon. This snippet from a recent interview may suggest which category Anna Netrebko fits into. 

Read more »

Read more »

Happy Birthday Shirley Verrett

The American mezzo-soprano and soprano is 79 years old today.

Read more »