Day of the Divas 2: Divadienst!

Born on this day: four divas and counting!

“Madame is the greatest diva of them all”

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

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…

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.

Feel the early morning madness

Glenn Close‘s Norma Desmond is back.”

Your Coloraturafan dollars at work

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

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.”

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.

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.

Il sacro fuoco

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

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!

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.

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.

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…

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.

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)…

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?

How tweet the sound

“I will be on #Broadway again!”

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?

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

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…

“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]

“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!”

As 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.