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Next to Norman

She may not be Leontyne Price, or even have come of age in time to launch Lincoln Center, but Jessye Norman is without question one of the century’s great sopranos. Read more »

Yes, with one look I put words to shame

With one look I’ll ignite a blaze / I’ll return to my glory days / They’ll say, “Norman’s back at last!”   Read more »

“New York, this is your last chance!”

Coming this fall on a basic cable channel near you, Ultimate Diva Jessye Norman tries her hand at situation comedy, playing a 30-something bachelor girl who returns to Manhattan in search of adventure and romance. Julie Kavner is cast as her wacky younger sister.

“Need I say more?”

Thanks to a serendipitous online copy-editing kerfuffle, Miss Jessye Norman (not pictured!) grants to the Financial Times what can only be described as the definitively definitive Diva Interview . Read more »

Woman behind bars

The increasingly protean Jessye Norman intones the classic American anthem “Midnight Special.”

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“Pretentious? Moi?”

Well, it’s finally happened. Jessye Norman has reached that moment in her career when she starts pronouncing the word “costume” with the accent on the second syllable.

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Et vive la miaousique qui nous tombe du ciel!

“…she, according to the habit of women and cats, who do not come when you call them, but come when you refrain from calling them, -she halted in front of me and spoke to me.” (Prosper Mérimée)

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kopfbangen

Your doyenne makes fun of Jessye Norman from time to time here at parterre.com, because we love her, you know. So it is with particular delight that La Cieca wishes La Jess “toi toi toi” on her Broadway debut in the hit musical Rock of Ages.

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