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  • oedipe: A comment on Utube: “If this had been in the U.K. the orchestra would have been too afraid to... 7:28 PM
  • manou: Thanks Ciccia – and I see from the press cutting that this was a couple of years ago. Someone... 7:11 PM
  • Cicciabella: I see now that it was reported in the news. The man is mentally confused, had given similar... 6:31 PM
  • Cicciabella: I’ve never heard or read about this, or I’ve forgotten it. I’m surprised... 6:23 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: That is very helpful indeed. Thanks for all the links Buster. 6:14 PM
  • Donna Anna: DSS, did you ever hear Peter Schickele tell the joke about the guy who goes in for a brain... 6:11 PM
  • Donna Anna: Great idea for a box office spike. 6:10 PM
  • Ilka Saro: Is that the French or the German Don Carlos? 6:07 PM
  • Ilka Saro: You’re cute when you’re sleep deprived. 6:03 PM
  • manou: Buster (and Ciccia) – have you heard about this? httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=qkTc ReX_1SA 5:46 PM

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 »

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 »

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The art of the non sequitur

La Cieca wishes she could write a caption so deadpan.

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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]

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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.

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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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“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. 

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Happy Birthday Shirley Verrett

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

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Two faces of Tosca

While we’re waiting for further news on the final Tosca of the Met season, La Cieca suggests we consider the diva and the non-diva, on the other side of the jump.

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