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  • MontyNostry: And Arangi-Lombardi was Leyla’s mentor. httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=2L1r hK11KfQ 7:27 PM
  • MontyNostry: Even though I’m an f***ing Brit, I wasn’t really aware of Ruth Packer, Kruno, but... 7:25 PM
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  • Ruxxy: Dame Joan managed to scrape out a career without being too fussy over diction. As for good German... 7:17 PM
  • Camille: Don’t be a widow, honey. There’s always another fish in the sea. Live your life for art.... 7:00 PM
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  • Don_Dano: Parsifal – I had planned on going to the MET in winter 2013, but the urgent need for cataract... 6:17 PM
  • Krunoslav: “I read that Callas was in fact a last-minute replacement for a malfunctioning mezzo as... 6:10 PM

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bubble_shirtLa Cieca is delighted to announce the latest addition to the parterre collection at La Cieca’s Boutique: the Bubble Graph Tee. Wear your diva quantification with pride in 100% cotton, and as you walk away, they’ll know you’re a fan of parterre box. (Which is probably the best time to let that sort of information slip out anyway.) A closeup of the front design after the jump. Read more »

The Quantification of the Diva: Upon Reflection

Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who are the greatest divas (Classic and Contemporary) of them all?”

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The Quantification of the Diva: Part the Fourth

Photo: © Clive Barda/Royal OperaAs we launch into the fourth and final movement of our étude, La Cieca asks the musical question, “Can a Contemporary Diva achieve Grandezza, or, for that matter, Drag Imitability?” Let’s see what the numbers tell us.  Read more »

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The Quantification of the Diva: Part the Third

And now, cher public, let’s put today’s singers, the Contemporary Divas, under the microscope. How do they stack up?

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The Quantification of the Diva: Part the Second

La Cieca continues to apply the Kang Method to the dozen divas of the Classic mode. This time, our five criteria for diva status offer fewer total points, but the difficulty level remains the same. Especially for Renata Scotto.

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The Quantification of the Diva: Part the First

We 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.

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Prelude to the Quantification of the Diva

La 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?”

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