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  • Olivero is my Drug of Choice: Yes……. 5:52 PM
  • kashania: Those low notes are frightening! One of my favourite Callas recordings is Santuzza which she... 5:47 PM
  • Poison Ivy: I didn’t get Elisabeth Schwarzkopf for the longest time. My first recordings of... 5:41 PM
  • Lady Abbado: Well, in her very early days, even the voice itself was truly remarkable. Hear the phenomenal... 5:39 PM
  • PetertheModest: I quite like her Tatiana, and if I’m a bit tired, I can close my eyes and just listen... 5:24 PM
  • kashania: Agreed. Callas’ singing was more beautiful than the voice itself. 5:20 PM
  • alejandro: I didn’t get Netrebko until I saw her live. I found her voice too heavy and thick when I... 5:19 PM
  • kashania: Dying well is an important skill! :) 5:19 PM
  • kashania: I agree that Massenet’s Manon highlights the youthfulness of the character more. But the... 5:17 PM
  • grimoaldo: Like everything else, “you had to be there to ‘get’ so and so” is a matter... 5:15 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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