Anita hero Anita hero

“Rachvelishvili sang Carmen, the role of her 2009 breakthrough, hundreds of times, and was scheduled to ring in 2024 as Bizet’s classic antiheroine in the splashy premiere of a new production at the Met.”

on December 20, 2023 at 10:05 AM
Fresh princess Fresh princess

Diva of the moment Sondra Radvanovsky previews yet another great role: Puccini’s Turandot.

on September 29, 2022 at 12:47 PM
Serve with caviar and vodka Serve with caviar and vodka

“It was all surprisingly good? Even the Party Pork, which has you marinate a piece of pork neck in vermouth and steak seasoning. It shouldn’t work, and yet it did.”

on February 03, 2022 at 11:34 AM
Beauty and the ‘Bis’ Beauty and the ‘Bis’

Maria José Siri gives a historic encore performance of the aria “Io son l’umile ancella” during the March 25 performance of Adriana Lecouvreur at the Ópera de Las Palmas in Gran Canaria.

on March 27, 2021 at 10:19 AM
The vanities of the divas The vanities of the divas

Maria Callas and Montserrat Caballé are two of the most highly-regarded and esteemed exponents of the great soprano roles in both bel canto and in the operas of Verdi, and their recordings are held as artistic triumphs of the highest order.

on March 23, 2021 at 9:54 AM
Living in the future Living in the future

What does the opera singer of the future look like?

on July 08, 2020 at 12:16 PM
It’s the operas that got small! It’s the operas that got small!

No one ever leaves a star. That’s what makes one a star.

on March 14, 2020 at 1:55 PM
Singing through Singing through

A near-full house attended the Jessye Norman Memorial Celebration at the Met on Sunday afternoon, the auditorium packed with family, friends, colleagues, and fans of the late soprano, who passed away on September 30 of this year.

on November 25, 2019 at 8:57 AM
First and foremost First and foremost

They say you never forget your first.

on October 14, 2019 at 11:00 AM

The film of that awful play Master Class will begin lensing next week in Detroit. Faye Dunaway directs and stars as Maria Callas. [Detroit Free Press] UPDATE: Edited to include this much funnier photo suggesting La Dunaway has decided to play the Audra McDonald part.

on October 23, 2009 at 8:18 AM

La DiDonato is joined here by Gabriele Fontana and Eric Cutler in this 2005 video.

on January 31, 2008 at 1:31 PM

UPDATED: Now with even more operatic tackiness! A sampling of Diva Dress Disasters submitted by the cher public.Seen worse disasters? Email La Cieca!

on January 30, 2008 at 11:00 PM

For those of you who were stumped by Lady Number Six, here’s the mysterious dame herself, Galina Vishnevskaya, in a more accustomed version of Lady Macbeth, the 1966 film by Mikhail Shapiro of Katerina Izmailova. The great diva returned to the screen only last year in Alexandra (directed by Alexander Sokurov), playing an elderly woman…

on January 30, 2008 at 10:41 AM

The unusual and undreamed-of videos just keep popping up on YouTube. Here’s a scene from Norma with Elinor Ross and Mario del Monaco!

on January 28, 2008 at 8:02 PM