Maria-Cristina Necula

Maria-Cristina Necula

Maria-Cristina Necula is a New York-based writer whose published work includes the books “The Don Carlos Enigma,” “Life in Opera: Truth, Tempo, and Soul” and articles in “Das Opernglas,” “Studies in European Cinema,” and “Opera News.” A classically-trained singer, she has presented on opera at Baruch College, the Graduate Center, the City College of New York, UCLA, and others. She holds a doctoral degree in Comparative Literature from The Graduate Center. Maria-Cristina also writes for the culture and society website “Woman Around Town.”


Program Spotlight: Camerata Bardi International Vocal Academy – Teatro Grattacielo’s Young Artist Program

Teatro Grataciello specializes in promoting rare gems of the Italian operatic repertoire and introducing opera to new audiences. Its commitment to the operatic art includes the nurturing of young talents through its young artist program. Read on to learn more.

Latonia Moore: “I Love, Live, and Breathe Music”

Latonia Moore is an artist with great depth and stylistic variety. She shares her background in jazz, what makes her voice smile, and the lessons learned from taking breaks vocally. Read on for more on Moore, including her advice about specific intentions as you build your career. 

Kirsten Kunkle and Sarah Melnick on Their New Opera “Girondines”

"Girondines" by Kirsten Kunkle and Sarah Melnick is a unique showcase for women’s voices as well as a moving, inspiring story about women’s bravery in the face of oppression, a topic no less relevant today than during the French Revolution.

Martin Fisher: Versatile Artist, Indomitable Spirit

Martin Fisher shares his experiences working in opera and television. Read on to learn about his nontraditional path that led to his current roles and the transferrable skills singers need in order to work in both theatre and television.

Be True to Yourself : The Upcoming NYC Premiere of "Uncovered"

Between November 16 and 19, City Lyric Opera (CLO) will present the New York City premiere of Uncovered, a chamber opera composed by Lori Laitman with a libretto by Leah Lax.

Gerald Finley: The Essential Word Is “Courage”

Baritone Gerald Finley shares his courageous approach to performing and teaching. 

Singers Cope with Inflation in Creative Ways

As inflation rises, singers creatively compensate for increased costs while wages stagnate. Read on to learn how professionals at various stages are adjusting their mindsets and making choices that help them continue their artistic work in the face of financial challenges.

Benjamin Spierman: Successfully Fulfilling the Mission of Bronx Opera

Since its establishment in 1967, Bronx Opera (BxO) has been providing performance opportunities for singers at the start of their careers, and their alumni have been featured on the world’s stages. Throughout the years, the company has also worked tirelessly to bring opera into
the community and expand audiences. BxO’s General Director Benjamin Spierman gives us a
glimpse into the company’s work and upcoming productions.

Kamala Sankaram : Breaking Boundaries and Connecting Cultures

Kamala Sankaram is both a singer and a composer, celebrated in the worlds of contemporary opera and experimental music. Read on to learn about her work, which exists at the intersection of art and technology, as well the integration of cultures influencing her creative output. 

Disability in Music—Rethinking the Standard

Dr. Joseph Strauss discusses disability and the bodily experience of listening to and making music. He describes the ways our culture excludes people with disabilities from music, and advocacy for greater representation in artistic expression.

The English National Opera’s Breathe Program : Singing Pioneer in COVID-19 Recovery

Discover how the English National Opera has addressed Long COVID and the accompanying breathing and anxiety problems many people face through their ENO Breathe program.

The Salzburg Festival at 100

ustrian writer Stefan Zweig referred to the Salzburg Festival as “the Olympic Games of Art in the modern era.” To this day, the Festival regales its audiences with the highest