Text and photos by Elizabeth Lolarga, VERA Files
Soprano Nelly Miricioiu, whose roots are in Romania, has been called many things, including “a traitor to her country” when she defected to Western Europe. She experienced being snubbed and ignored by her countrymen despite the accolades heaped on her when she conquered Covent Garden in the United Kingdom, La Scala in Italy, the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Among the more colorful epithets given her was “the Romanian Rottweiler” because of a temperament that, in her youth, was intense, energetic, nervous, impatient, controlling- traits usually associated with a diva whose present meaning has come to mean someone full of herself.
At yesterday’s press conference at Cravings Restaurant, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, these traits were evident as she talked a mean streak, but she also demonstrated a reflective side. This “mellowing” she attributed to the calming presence of her husband, engineer Barry Kirk, who she described as her opposite.
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