A problem like Maria A problem like Maria

To opera denizens, Terrence McNally is probably best known for Master Class, a fictionalized account of Maria Callas’s 1970s Juilliard master classes, which was a surprise hit on Broadway in the 1990s.

on March 28, 2020 at 12:42 PM
Day of the Divas 2: Divadienst! Day of the Divas 2: Divadienst!

Born on this day: four divas and counting!

on April 13, 2018 at 8:58 AM
“Madame is the greatest diva of them all” “Madame is the greatest diva of them all”

And after this CD (due in October) she’ll make another, and another!

on August 11, 2017 at 1:24 PM
When the naysayers ‘nay’ you pick up your pace When the naysayers ‘nay’ you pick up your pace

“Chee’s novel charts Berne’s course from the mid-19th-century snowbound Minnesotan frontier, to the tents of a roving circus troupe…

on February 02, 2016 at 9:00 AM
Small and funny and fine Small and funny and fine

The already legendary performance of that role of roles Madame Rose by the ineffable Imelda Staunton may now be seen on YouTube.

on December 29, 2015 at 3:55 PM
Feel the early morning madness Feel the early morning madness

Glenn Close‘s Norma Desmond is back.”

on September 22, 2015 at 4:46 PM
Your Coloraturafan dollars at work Your Coloraturafan dollars at work

The first two installments of Coloraturafan‘s interview series are now live.

on January 17, 2015 at 1:10 PM
Tuesdays with Mary Tuesdays with Mary

Miss Garden smiled. “You probably have never seen a thin Violetta,” she exclaimed. “You’ll find that that will make a difference.”

on June 25, 2013 at 10:00 AM
Dead heat Dead heat

Now the deadline has passed for the Immolation Quiz, La Cieca is happy if a bit puzzled to announce that the result is a tie: two of the cher public were able to identify 23 of the 25 voices in the quiz correctly.

on May 11, 2013 at 12:08 PM
Constellation Constellation

Here, for the first time in 40 years, the CBS telecast of the April 21-22 gala honoring the retirement of Sir Rudolf Bing.

on April 26, 2013 at 1:28 AM
Il sacro fuoco Il sacro fuoco

Here’s recent Met debutante Liudmyla Monastyrska in that ultimate “furibonda” role, Abigaille in Nabucco.

on April 02, 2013 at 11:08 PM
Raspberry sauce Raspberry sauce

According to a fan site, Dame Kiri te Kanawa is not just playing any old diva on next season’s Downton Abbey, but Dame Nellie Melba herself!

on March 10, 2013 at 11:59 PM
Strange music Strange music

Sempiternal soprano Edita Gruberova celebrates her “45th stage anniversary” tomorrow, Monday February 18 with a performance of Alaide in Bellini’s La Straniera live from the Vienna Musikverein.

on February 17, 2013 at 5:35 PM
I can name that diva in six notes I can name that diva in six notes

In this clip from an Italian quiz show of the 1950s, Toti dal Monte requires not even a whole phrase to identify the unique voice of Magda Olivero.

on February 04, 2013 at 1:04 AM
Chiedi all’aura lusinghiera Chiedi all’aura lusinghiera

La Rondine, which began as a light Viennese operetta before being transformed into an Italian tearjerker, is not a natural diva vehicle…

on January 16, 2013 at 2:00 AM
An embarrassment of divas An embarrassment of divas

As if last week’s survey wasn’t enough, a few more recent diva-recital disks remain worthy of attention particularly since they arrive from five front-rank singers.

on December 23, 2012 at 7:49 PM
Richard is better Richard is better

The Tucker Foundation will be the subject of a special event on Wednesday June 27 at 7 pm, when WQXR’s Naomi Lewin (not pictured)…

on June 21, 2012 at 3:18 PM
When Divas Collide II: Mad Men Edition When Divas Collide II: Mad Men Edition

To kick off this week’s intermission feature, cher public, La Cieca invites you to imagine who said what to whom to make two legendary ladies laugh so lustily?

on April 29, 2012 at 4:06 AM
How tweet the sound How tweet the sound

“I will be on #Broadway again!”

on April 11, 2012 at 5:09 PM

La Cieca has obviously not been paying attention, because she totally missed the announcement that Denyce Graves is going to join the cast of The Real Housewives of DC. Oh, she’s not, you say? So then what’s the explanation for these new headshots?

on January 28, 2011 at 5:23 PM

“Faye Dunaway‘s Master Class Movie: What The Hell Happened?” [Michael Musto]

on December 20, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Controversial diva Marina Poplavskaya is the subject of a profile in the current New Yorker that does not include any bloodhounds snappin’ at her rear end, but that’s about the only life experience omitted. Highlights include the soprano’s lugging a trolley full of luggage across 14 lanes of Buenos Aires traffic following a dispute with…

on November 29, 2010 at 3:22 PM

“You see, I don’t play roles. I find color for every role inside of me.” The soprano Marina Poplavskaya likes to talk about how she sees music as colors. She is also given to morbidly poetic formulations like “Let the harmony penetrate you like a silent knife through your heart.” [New York Observer]

on September 28, 2010 at 6:18 PM

“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who are the greatest divas (Classic and Contemporary) of them all?” And the mirror replied, “I’ll tell you right after the jump!”

on September 24, 2010 at 7:30 AM