this diva looks like that diva

Inside of you there are two Marias Inside of you there are two Marias

“The first two images of Angelina Jolie as famed diva Maria Callas in Pablo Larraín’s upcoming biopic Maria have been revealed”

on October 09, 2023 at 1:15 PM
Sneer and sneer again Sneer and sneer again

Separated at smirk: base George Sanders and bass René Pape.

on October 16, 2019 at 2:10 PM
Come and knock on her door Come and knock on her door

High concept! Joyce DiDonato is Mrs. Roper!

on October 01, 2019 at 12:14 PM
Separated at the bar line Separated at the bar line

Dueling Folies!

on September 24, 2019 at 12:20 PM

Tyne Daly will star as Maria Callas in that awful play Master Class, which La Cieca has to say strikes her as somewhat counterintutive. And while we’re on the subject, why hasn’t somebody written a play about Eileen Farrell? []

on October 22, 2009 at 12:28 PM

A controversial new production of Massenet’s erotically-tinged opera Manon featuring “it girl” soprano Anna Netrebko opened last night in…. Oh, all right. Obviously that’s not our Anna. In fact it’s ecdysiast Dita Von Teese performing her signature “cocktail glass” strip. The model and performer (whose adorably mousy real name is Heather Sweet) has accepted an…

on January 16, 2008 at 10:43 AM

[Via Likely Impossibilities]

on January 15, 2008 at 1:39 PM

In related macabre news, (reportedly) gay tenor Sergej Larin died this weekend, and La Cieca has just heard an unconfirmed report that another gay tenor, Giuliano Ciannella, has also passed away.

on January 14, 2008 at 1:57 PM

In a startling example of casting against type, protean singer Cecilia Bartoli has agreed to take on the most demanding role of her career in La regina della meschina, an operatic version of the life of Leona Helmsley. (“Voice From the Past Becomes an Obsession” in the New York Times.)

on January 06, 2008 at 12:51 AM

In fact, she became Peggy Lee.

on January 04, 2008 at 12:28 PM

Graefin Geschwitz meets Vera Charles

on December 27, 2007 at 6:32 PM

Imagine La Cieca’s delight when she heard that Julia Roberts has been cast in the starring role of Voce di Donna, a biopic based upon the whirlwind adventures of your very own doyenne. Oscar-winner Roberts (left) beat out A-listers Nicole Kidman, Susan Sarandon and Dame Judi Dench to portray “Older Cieca.” The character in more…

on December 20, 2007 at 12:12 PM

Dame Kiri te Kanawa embraces her inner Alexis Morell Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan for this scene from the Handelian pastiche The Sorceress. Despite the film’s 1993 release date, the sensibility is pure ’80s: massive hair, voluminous frock, garish lighting design… and don’t overlook the multitude of smirking supers! (Just so you know, the aria is…

on November 28, 2007 at 12:20 AM

Not the newest observation, but perhaps relevant again at the moment. So, tell me, what do these two ladies have in common (besides the family resemblance, of course)? [UPDATE: I’ve traded out the original image of Joyce Castle for something more representative.]

on November 16, 2007 at 3:43 PM