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Yes, with one look I put words to shame

With one look I’ll ignite a blaze / I’ll return to my glory days / They’ll say, “Norman’s back at last!”   Read more »

“New York, this is your last chance!”

Coming this fall on a basic cable channel near you, Ultimate Diva Jessye Norman tries her hand at situation comedy, playing a 30-something bachelor girl who returns to Manhattan in search of adventure and romance. Julie Kavner is cast as her wacky younger sister.

“Need I say more?”

Thanks to a serendipitous online copy-editing kerfuffle, Miss Jessye Norman (not pictured!) grants to the Financial Times what can only be described as the definitively definitive Diva Interview . Read more »

Woman behind bars

The increasingly protean Jessye Norman intones the classic American anthem “Midnight Special.”

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“Pretentious? Moi?”

Well, it’s finally happened. Jessye Norman has reached that moment in her career when she starts pronouncing the word “costume” with the accent on the second syllable.

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Et vive la miaousique qui nous tombe du ciel!

“…she, according to the habit of women and cats, who do not come when you call them, but come when you refrain from calling them, -she halted in front of me and spoke to me.” (Prosper Mérimée)

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kopfbangen

Your doyenne makes fun of Jessye Norman from time to time here at parterre.com, because we love her, you know. So it is with particular delight that La Cieca wishes La Jess “toi toi toi” on her Broadway debut in the hit musical Rock of Ages.

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together again for the first time

Can it be that in mid-July we are already thinking about the last days of summer? Well, La Cieca is, especially since she’s just found out that Robert Wilson‘s Byrd Hoffman Watermill Foundation will offer the unlikely duo of Rufus Wainwright and Jessye Norman in a concert entitled “Last Song of Summer” on August 30. According to Fashion Week Daily, the grande dame/ex-tweaker pairup promises to be “a noted departure from the center’s always highly-anticipated 15th-annual Watermill summer benefit on July 26… This year’s gala will feature the work of German artist Jonathan Meese, who … will transform the venue’s pure […]

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the revolution was not televised

But what could be a more perfect salute to Bastille Day than this celebrated 1989 video of Jessye Norman festooned in the Tricouleur and belting out “La Marseillaise?”  [kml_flashembed movie=”http://youtube.com/v/1QQ2k3UpHwQ” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /]

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schubert alley

La Cieca would not venture to say which of the many selections on the Jessye Norman – A Portrait DVD is the funniest. But this one is certainly right up there. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://youtube.com/v/8noeFpdfWcQ” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] Also, though it’s been said before, it bears repeating:

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