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“Tu vois je suis encore coquette!”

anna_bijouxLa 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 »

Happy Birthday Shirley Verrett

NK003126The American mezzo-soprano and soprano is 79 years old today. Read more »

Two faces of Tosca

avantiWhile 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. Read more »

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That’s why they don’t sing at the Met

La Cieca presents the first in a series of speculations why seemingly talented and well-respected artists don’t get hired — or rehired — by the Met.

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Happy Birthday Fiorenza Cossotto

The legendary mezzo-soprano is 75 today.

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Happy Birthday Catherine Malfitano

The American soprano was born April 18, 1948.

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Happy Birthday Montserrat Caballé

The diva is 77 today! 

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Agnes Botoxa

This Greek mezzo-soprano, born 1944 [!] is seen at a concert last month [!!!]. For this kind of quality work, we all need to start saving our money, cher public.

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A drop of eau de Cologne

Saturday evening Kiri te Kanawa sang the first of her final two Marschallins at the Cologne Opera House. The reason for this rather unexpected return to one of her signature parts seems to have been a sentimental one:

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Kiss kiss

“Diva! The very word evokes tantrums, unreasonable demands — and the wrath of Aretha Franklin denied her Snickers bar.” Our Own JJ (not pictured) discusses divadom with Angela Gheorghiu in the New York Post.

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