F. Paul Driscoll – Defining the Diva: From Maria Callas to Adele

F. Paul DriscollDefining the Diva: From Maria Callas to Adele
F. Paul Driscoll

Friday, February 3, 2017 – 7:30 PM
Lillie Auditorium
Lectures are free and open to the public.

Lecture Abstract:

The operatic term “diva”—first used to describe the goddess-like stature of nineteenth century opera singers—is now attached to artists from the world of pop, jazz and country music. Who really deserves the title? F. Paul Driscoll, editor in chief of Opera News, offers a genre-busting list of albums that established ten singers as true divas.

I’ll play musical examples and use Keynote to develop a Powerpoint-type presentation that puts the accomplishments of these artists into perspective.

The ten artists / albums in alphabetical order:

Adele, 21 (2011)
Cecilia Bartoli, THE VIVALDI ALBUM (1999)
Maria Callas, OPERATIC ARIAS (1954)
Ella Fitzgerald, SINGS THE GEORGE AND IRA GERSHWIN SONGBOOK (1959)
Susan Graham, C’EST ÇA LA VIE, C’EST ÇA L’AMOUR (2002)
Aretha Franklin, I NEVER LOVED A MAN THE WAY I LOVED YOU (1967)
Bette Midler, THE DIVINE MISS M (1972)
Leontyne Price, ARIAS FROM VERDI AND PUCCINI (1960)
Barbra Streisand, THE BARBRA STREISAND ALBUM (1963)
Joan Sutherland, THE ART OF THE PRIMA DONNA (1960)

F. Paul Driscoll has been Editor in Chief of Opera News since 2003. He began contributing to the magazine in 1990 and joined the editorial staff as managing editor in 1998.

For two seasons, Mr. Driscoll was the host of OPERA NY, a weekly program for WNYE-­TV, and was executive producer of the 2004 WNYE television special Vignettes: an Evening with Stephanie Blythe and Warren Jones, now in the permanent collection of the Paley Center for Media. His freelance writing on opera and music has been published in PLAYBILL, STAGEBILL, CHAMBER MUSIC and LINCOLN CENTER INK. He is co-­author, with John Martinez, of the book FANTASTIC OPERA, published by Harry N. Abrams.

Mr. Driscoll’s credits as a stage director include twenty-­two musicals and operettas in his seven seasons with College Light Opera Company in Falmouth, MA. He also directed six Gilbert and Sullivan operas for Manhattan’s Blue Hill Troupe, as well as the group’s 75th Anniversary Gala with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. He made his Kennedy Center debut directing WORKING, conducted by Stephen Simon, for Washington Chamber Symphony at the Terrace Theater.