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date: 19 June 2019

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Chapter 17 presents an analysis of the most important themes occupying the growing field of diva and divo studies and an overview of the field’s most compelling research. It opens with an exploration of the stereotype of the diva/divo as divine monster and then takes into consideration its binary opposition, that of the normal, down-to-earth, hard-working musician. This chapter then turns toward one of the most important concepts currently enlivening scholarship on singers: the idea that as a collaborative art form, the responsibility for the creation of operatic works falls, in part, on the shoulders of its practitioners, that they too possess artistic authority. By way of drawing both of these sections together, this chapter concludes with a case study of Angelica Catalani, a prima donna whose life and career embody both the stereotype of the diva and the authority of the creative artist.

Keywords: diva/divo, divine monster, Angelica Catalani, Adelina Patti, Kathleen Battle, Cecilia Bartoli, Giuditta Pasta, Luisa Tetrazzini, Virginia Boccabadati

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