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
Next to Norman Next to Norman

In addition to Jessye Norman, this event paid homage to the shamefully obscure soprano Sissieretta Jones—once billed as “The Black Patti.”

on December 21, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Chenez turn Chenez turn

Dapper countertenor Ray Chenez is temporarily putting aside the turbans of his operatic career for, well, the turbans of a Broadway diva as he appeals via Indiegogo for funding to record a CD of show tunes.

on July 23, 2018 at 3:23 PM

“Ms. Netrebko is not the kind to wear sweatpants unless they are fancy…”

on November 18, 2016 at 12:34 PM

An elegantly beturbaned Miss Leontyne Price offers an object lesson in The Art of the Diva Interview.

on November 14, 2009 at 10:08 PM

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on August 07, 2009 at 2:32 PM

Candid snapshots of La Cieca’s arrival this morning at the parterre box editorial offices.

on July 28, 2009 at 1:33 PM

As La Cieca hardly thinks she needs tell you, among the attributes of a prima donna necessary to the success of a performance of Adriana Lecouvreur are morbidezza, il sacro fuoco, voce di petto and of course the ability to wear a turban. And surely you do realize that, sad to say, not everyone can pull off a turban. 

on March 06, 2009 at 11:31 AM

From an email promo for Washington National Opera’s current production of Elektra: See Susan Bullock and Christine Goerke Sing Elektra! Washington National Opera stars Susan Bullock and Christine Goerke are featured in these extended excerpts and interviews from a recent production of Strauss’ Elektra in Florence, Italy, directed by Robert Carsen and conducted by Seiji…

on May 13, 2008 at 11:30 PM

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on May 05, 2008 at 7:58 AM

version of what is rapidly becoming Izzy’s signature tune, “Nessun dorma!”

on May 01, 2008 at 2:00 PM

Oh, it’s just a typical day in the life of Shirley Verrett: walking the dog, crooning a few show tunes, going for a sleigh ride in a fur turban, vocalizing in a variety of silk scarves, strolling in the Bois, pounding notes on the Casio, and oh yes, belting out a Gluck aria or two.…

on April 27, 2008 at 3:36 AM

Just when La Cieca thought she would never get another chance to use the “popera” and “turbans” tags in the same post, she found this clip!

on February 23, 2008 at 3:04 PM

So La Cieca thinks it’s time to declare this officially: Kiri te Kanawa has become a mean old bat. The downbeat diva, most recently in the headlines for her controversial anti-panty policy, has gone and dished Hayley Westenra, who apparently is a New Zealand popera singer. (Well, to be perfectly fair, “apparently” isn’t so accurate…

on February 23, 2008 at 2:36 AM