Friday, May 13, 2011

Donizetti Divas







A diva is a celebrated female singer. The term is used to describe a woman of outstanding talent in the world of opera, and, by extension, in theatre, cinema and popular music. The meaning of diva is closely related to that of "prima donna". The word entered the English language in the late 19th century. It is derived from the Italian noun diva, a female deity. The plural of the word in English is "divas"; in Italian, dive. The basic sense of the term is "goddess", the Renée Flemingfeminine of the Latin word divus (Italian divo), a male deity. The word is thus distantly related to the Hindu term deva and the Zoroastrian concept of the daevas. The male divo does exist in Italian and it is usually reserved for the most prominent leading tenors.

Performer:  Anne Mason,  Yvonne Kenny,  Margreta Elkins,  Nuccia Focile,  Christian Du Plessis, Rico Serbo,  Ludmilla Andrew,  Lynne Davies,  Della Jones, Regina Nathan,  Bruce Ford,  Robert McFarland,  Nelly Miricioiu, Matthew Hargreaves,  Lois McDonall,  Renée Fleming,  Janet Price, Eiddwen Harrhy,  David Ashman,  Ian Platt,  Brendan McBride, Theresa Goble,  Linda Kitchen,  Diana Montague,  Majella Cullagh, Cristina Pastorello,  Dominic Natoli
Conductor:  David Parry,  James Judd,  Alun Francis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields


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