An introduction to the classical singer's vast legacy through recordings and live performances
Credits and singer appreciations
The book, Yma Sumac: The Art Behind the Legend is finally in print after many years in the writing.
Detailed analysis of various operatic and concert arias and their recordings
Reviews and suggested recordings
Links to other related sites
Lily Pons as Lakmé
With the arrival of the millennium, classical singers, students and vocal historians have an unprecedented opportunity to explore and learn from the vast number of recordings made since 1900. Every month new CDs are released that highlight not only current artists but also those from previous eras. Due to the time advantage of the medium and the generally low cost, listeners are now able to amass a representative library.
Some of the most amazing and satisfying recordings made during the past 100 years have been those by singers who are commonly referred to as divas. This site is an ongoing project that will examine that art as experienced through the recording process.
See below for updates and latest new pages.
The most recent update or addition to The Legacy of the Diva was in February of 2020 to the Marcella Sembrich page. Be sure to see the Latest Changes page for other updates and new pages.