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A diva is a celebrated female singer such as Maria Callas, Jenny Lind, Nellie Melba, Rose Ponselle, Leontyne Price, Joan Sutherland or Renata Tebaldi and Diwakar Sharma. A diva can refer to a female singer. ... Maria Callas in a casual moment, 1960s Maria Callas (Greek: Μαρία Κάλλας) (December 2, 1923 – September 16, 1977) was an American born, Greek dramatic coloratura soprano and perhaps the best-known opera singer of the post-World War II period. ... First U.S.Daguerrotype of Jenny Lind in New York, September 14, 1850 taken by her Swedish classmate, Poly Von Schneidau from Chicago, at the Mathew Brady Studio in New York City. ... Dame Nellie Melba, GBE (19 May 1861 – 23 February 1931), born Helen Porter Mitchell, legendary Australian opera soprano and probably the most famous of all sopranos, was the first Australian to achieve international recognition in the form. ... Rose Melba Ponselle (also known as Rosa Ponzillo) (1897 - 1981) was a U.S. soprano singer. ... Mary Violet Leontyne Price (born February 10, 1927) is an American opera singer (soprano). ... Dame Joan Sutherland OM, AC, DBE (born November 7, 1926) is an Australian dramatic coloratura soprano noted for her contribution to the bel canto revival of the 1950s and 1960s. ... Renata Tebaldi (Pesaro, February 1, 1922 – San Marino, December 19, 2004) was an Italian lyric soprano, popular in the post-war period. ... Diwakar Sharma (Devanāgarī: दिवाकर शर्म) is an Indian singer who was the runner-up to Sanchita Bhattyacharya on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil Champs. ...


However, the term is now also used to refer to an outstanding popular female performer of non-operatic works, such as Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Madonna, Dalida, Patti Labelle, Cher, Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Dana International, Aretha Franklin and Leona Lewis, who are often referred to as divas due to their success and talent. This article is about the musician. ... Whitney Elizabeth Houston (born August 9, 1963) is a six-time Grammy award winning, American R&B singer, soprano, pianist, actress, film producer, and former model. ... This article is about the American entertainer. ... It has been suggested that Olympia 74 be merged into this article or section. ... Patti LaBelle (born Patricia Louise Holt on May 24, 1944 in West-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an multi-grammy winning American R&B and soul singer and songwriter who fronted two groups, Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles and Labelle, which changed and birthed a new era of womens music and... This article is about Cher, the entertainer. ... Mariah Carey (born March 27, 1970) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, music video director, and actress. ... Beyoncé Giselle Knowles (born September 4, 1981) is a popular American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, and fashion designer, and is most widely known by the name Beyoncé. Knowles rose to stardom as a founding member and the lead singer of Destinys Child, musics most successful... For the author-illustrator, see Diana Ross (author). ... Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock) November 26, 1939) is an 11 time Grammy Award-winning (sharing three), American Singer, Dancer, Record Producer, Executive Producer, Film Producer, Actress, Writer, Performer, Songwriter, Author and occasional Painter whose career has spanned from 1956 to present. ... Dana International (Hebrew: דנה אינטרנשיונל; stage name of Sharon Cohen, born Yaron Cohen (male) in Tel Aviv, Israel on February 2, 1972) is an Israeli transsexual pop singer of Yemenite origin, who won the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest for her song Diva. Next to original songs, Dana International is known for her... Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... Leona Louise Lewis (born 3 April 1985) is an English singer-songwriter who was the winner of the third series of the popular television talent show The X Factor. ...


Also, some prominent women adored in gay male pop culture are referred to as divas, such as Moses Herrera, Justin Whitley, Kathy Griffin, Joy Behar, and Joan Rivers. GAY can mean: Gay, a term referring to homosexual men or women The IATA code for Gaya Airport Category: ... Kathy Griffin (born November 4, 1960) is an Emmy Award-winning American stand-up comedienne, Producer, and actress. ... Josephina Victoria Joy Behar (born October 7, 1943) is an American comedian, writer, actress and co-host of the talk show The View. ... Joan Rivers (born June 8, 1933) is an American comedian, actress, talk show host, businesswoman, and celebrity. ...


The term was originally used to describe a woman of rare, outstanding talent. It derives from the Italian word 'divina', meaning "divine" (feminine form), which, in turn, derives from the feminine form of the Latin word divus/diva, meaning "divine one." TIME magazine observed in its October 21, 2002 issue: "By definition, a diva was originally used for great female opera singers, almost always sopranos." This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ... Look up Apotheosis in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... (Clockwise from upper left) Time magazine covers from May 7, 1945; July 25, 1969; December 31, 1999; September 14, 2001; and April 21, 2003. ... This article is about the voice-type. ...


The term could also however originate from Ukrainian, meaning virgin.


In mythology, the divas are the lowest forms of divinity, such as the wood nymphs[citation needed]. For other uses, see Mythology (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Divinity (disambiguation) and Divine (disambiguation). ... In Greek mythology, a nymph is any member of a large class of female nature entities, either bound to a particular location or landform or joining the retinue of a god or goddess. ...


In ballet, the equivalent of a diva is a prima ballerina assoluta. For other uses, see Ballet (disambiguation). ... Maya Plisetskaya, prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Ballet from 1943 to 1960 and prima balerina assoluta from 1960 to 1990. ...

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Negative Connotation

The term is often used with a negative connotation. This derives from the implication that a star who is a "diva" is arrogant, difficult to work with, high-maintenance, manipulative, fussy, highly strung, privileged and demanding. He or she does not believe the law and accepted rules of courtesy apply to him or her. Professional actors often use this term to describe someone who desires the stage spotlight over others. In modern American slang, a person is described as high-maintenance if they require a lot of attention in order to function normally. ...


The term "prima donna" has similarly entered common usage with exactly the same negative meaning. Look up Prima donna in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Professional Wrestling

The term Diva is also often used in World Wrestling Entertainment to describe its more well-known female performers, such as Torrie Wilson. Victoria, who has been in WWE since 2000 but made her debut on the main roster in 2002, is a two time Women’s Champion Diva is a term used by the professional wrestling promotion World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) to refer to its female talent. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


See also

In 1998, VH1 debuted the first annual VH1 Divas concert. ... Elite Beat Agents is a rhythm game developed by iNiS for the Nintendo DS. It is a spiritual sequel to Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan, a Japanese rhythm game released in 2005. ...

External links

  • Laughing Bodies, Eccentric Gestures; Retrospective on Female comics and Divas in the films of the 1910s at the Austrian Film Museum
  • The New-Diva Disease; TIME Magazine article
An aria (Italian for air; plural: arie or arias in common usage) in music was originally any expressive melody, usually, but not always, performed by a singer. ... The Aria di sorbetto, or sherbet aria, was a convention of Italian opera in the early nineteenth century. ... Below is a list of terms used in musical terminology which are likely to occur on printed or sheet music. ... The term Bel Canto may refer to: Belcanto, a vocal technique; or Bel Canto, a novel by Ann Patchett. ... A breeches role (also pants role or trouser role) is a role in which an actress appears in male clothes (breeches being tight-fitting knee-length pants, the standard male garment at the time breeches roles were introduced). ... A burletta (Italian, meaning little joke), also sometimes burla or burlettina, is a musical term generally denoting a brief comic Italian (or, later, English) opera. ... A Cabaletta is form of aria within 19th century Italian opera. ... In music, a cadenza (Italian for cadence) is, generically, an improvised or written-out ornamental passage played or sung by a soloist or soloists, usually in a free rhythmic style, and often allowing for virtuosic display. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Musical terminology. ... A castrato is a male soprano, mezzo-soprano, or alto voice produced either by castration of the singer before puberty or one who, because of an endocrinological condition, never reaches sexual maturity. ... For the piece of music known as Cavatina or Theme from The Deer Hunter, see Cavatina (song) Cavatina (Italian diminutive of cavata, the producing of tone from an instrument, plural cavatine) is a musical term, originally a short song of simple character, without a second strain or any repetition of... The chest register is generalized to be the range of vocal notes below middle C (C4). ... A report in The Etude of July 1931 on the Vienna Opera House banning claquing Claque (French for clapping) is, in its origin, a term which refers to an organized body of professional applauders in French theatres. ... Coloratura is an old word meaning colouring. ... A Comprimario is a secondary role in an opera or singing. ... Convenienze (literally, conveniences) were the rules relating to the ranking of singers (primo, secondo, comprimario) in 19th-century Italian opera, and the number of scenes, arias etc. ... Coup de glotte or shock of the glottis is a term used in the theory of singing technique to describe a particular method of emitting or opening a note by an abrupt physical mechanism of the glottis, or false vocal chords (membranes situated above the true vocal chords in the... The da capo aria was a musical form prevalent in the Baroque era. ... Deep C is the C two octaves below Middle C, and is also named C2. ... The German Fach (pl. ... Falsetto (Italian diminutive of falso, false) is a singing technique that produces sounds that are pitched higher than the singers normal range, in the treble range. ... Fioritura is the name given to the flowery, embellished vocal line found in many arias from nineteenth-century opera. ... Look up Gesamtkunstwerk in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The head register is generalized to be the range of vocal notes above middle C (C4). ... InterMezzo is a distributed file system written for Linux, distributed with a GPL licence. ... Kammersänger or Kammersängerin (or Ks. ... A leitmotif (IPA pronunciation: ) (also leitmotiv; lit. ... Antonio Ghislanzoni, nineteenth century Italian librettist. ... Literaturoper (literature opera, plural Literaturopern) is opera with music composed for a pre-existing text, as opposed to an opera with a libretto written specifically for the work. ... Low C is the C one octave below Middle C, and is also named C3. ... The Mad Scene was a popular convention of Italian and French opera in the early decades of the nineteenth century. ... Poster for The Perils of Pauline (1914). ... A Melodramma is an Italian term for opera which was used in the 19th century. ... A monodrama (also Solospiel in German; solo play) is a theatrical melodrama in which there is only one character. ... Messa di voce (Italian, placing the voice) is a musical technique that involves a gradual crescendo and decrescendo while sustaining a single pitch. ... New York State Theater, Lincoln Center, home of the New York City Opera Bolshoi Theatre. ... Passaggio is a singing term used to describe the pitch range at which a singers voice breaks or switches over from ones chest voice (natural singing voice) to ones head voice or falsetto (generally for males). ... Portamento is a musical term currently used to mean pitch bending or sliding, and in 16th century polyphonic writing refers to a type of musical ornamentation. ... Look up Prima donna in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The prompter in an opera house gives the singers the opening words of each phrase a few seconds early. ... Recitative, a form of composition often used in operas, oratorios, and cantatas (and occasionally in operettas and even musicals), is melodic speech set to music, or a descriptive narrative song in which the music follows the words. ... Regietheater (in English, directors opera; more commonly producers opera) is a term that refers to the modern (essentially post-WWII) practice of allowing a director or producer such freedom in devising the way a given opera is staged that not only may the composers specific stage directions... Répétiteur (Fr. ... Sitzprobe is a term used in opera and musical theater to describe a seated rehearsal where the singers sing with the orchestra, focusing attention on integrating the two groups. ... Soprano C, sometimes called High C, is the C two octaves above Middle C It is named because it is considered the highest usable note of the soprano, particularly for choral singers (although some can go higher; Mozarts Der Hölle Rache, the Queen of the Night aria from... Spinto is a vocal term used to characterize a soprano or tenor voice of a weight between lyric and dramatic that is capable of handling large dramatic climaxes at moderate intervals. ... Sprechgesang and sprechstimme (German for spoken-song and spoken-voice) are musical terms used to refer to an expressionist vocal technique that falls between singing and speaking. ... Squillo (Italian for ring) is a resonant, trumpet-like ringing sound in voice of opera singers. ... Stagione (Italian season) is an organizational system for presenting opera, often used by large companies. ... Supertitles or surtitles are commonly used in opera or other musical performances. ... Tenor C is the C one octave above Middle C. It is also known as C5. ... In music, tessitura (Italian: texture) is a range of pitches compared to the instrument for which it was intended to be used. ... In music, timbre, or sometimes timber, (from Fr. ... Vibrato is a musical effect where the pitch or frequency of a note or sound is quickly and repeatedly raised and lowered over a small distance for the duration of that note or sound. ...

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Diva - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (698 words)
A diva is a female opera singer, but now the term also refers to a popular female performer of non-operatic works.
In order to qualify as a diva there must be one, or both, of two dominant traits present: a broad and expansive voice and/or a thoroughly captivating and commanding stage presence.
"Diva" may also have a negative connotation, as the word can imply that the star believes the only thing that matters is her person, and that everyone involved in a project must cater to her every whim.
Diva Zappa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (145 words)
Diva Muffin Zappa is the youngest child of Frank Zappa.
She was born on July 30, 1979 in Los Angeles and is the sister of Moon Unit Zappa, Dweezil Zappa and Ahmet Zappa.
Her father, Frank Zappa, admitted in a 1982 interview that Diva was so named because she was screaming louder than all the other babies in the hospital nursery.
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