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Maria-Cristina Necula’s published work includes "Life in Opera: Truth, Tempo and Soul," two translations: "Europe à la carte" and Molière’s "The School for Wives" (performed at Canterbury Christ Church University, U.K.), three poetry collections, and numerous articles and interviews for "Classical Singer" Magazine, "Woman Around Town," "Das Opernglas," "Studies in European Cinema," and "Opera News." A classically-trained singer, she has performed in the New York City area at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Florence Gould Hall, and the Westchester Broadway Theatre, and released four albums, among which two are of her own songs. Maria-Cristina has presented on opera, languages, and literature at The Graduate Center, Baruch, The City College of New York, UCLA Southland, the White Plains Library, Lehman College. Fluent in six languages, she honed her language skills at the Sorbonne University in Paris and the University of Vienna, and obtained her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from The Graduate Center. To learn more and/or to schedule a presentation please fill out the contact form.
Phoenix Fire: Poems
Poems about love, transcendence, wonder, rage, and the courage to accept breaking down no matter how painful. Sometimes we just need to let everything burn: pretenses, fears, old beliefs, past selves, and embrace the test by fire, in order to rise and fly again in a boundless sky.
Life in Opera
Step behind opera's glamor with this candid look at life in the lyric universe: reflections, and encounters with great stars and personalities that shape the opera world of today. "Indispensable for students of singing and opera lovers alike, and enlightening for those who may not know much about opera." (Ramón Vargas)
Molière's The School For Wives
"In translating Molière's 5-act comedy, Maria-Cristina Necula fulfills her mission: to be as faithful to the original as possible, while transferring that fidelity to a contemporary context. Maintaining the original's 12-syllable Alexandrine verse and rhyming couplets... she brings this translation into the English language of today." (Philippa Wehle)
The Bliss Delusion Tango
"... vibrant and rich with a divine and delicious tension between classical form and contemporary feeling. This poet, influenced by both European and American culture, reveals to us terrible loss, wondrous discovery, love, disillusionment, faith, cynicism, heavenly joy, and hellish despair..." (Yeshe Gyamtso)
Europe à la carte (translator/contributor)
From Ban Ki-moon to Daniel Barenboim... almost 70 great decision-makers, role-players and innovators of the whole world share visions of “their Europe”. A surprising mosaic, enhanced by previously unpublished and unusual maps whose pertinent features illuminate today's realities; maps that often have more to say than long analyses.
Shadows and Miracles
"... an arpeggio of hidden harmonies vibrating at the finest touch... full of the agony of illusion, which the poet considers at times beneficial - a surrogate for happiness - and in other instances, a treacherous guide which leads to self-deception... Necula's poems are after all about the paradox of love in all its lure and mysterious grace." (Sever Voinescu)
A journey of the heart through my often-performed favorite classical pieces and songs of love. Accompanied by pianist David Maiullo.
An inspiring collaboration with songwriter Lisa Fitzgerald on her soulful ballads. Study a stranger's lyric revelations and we might discover unheard resonances in ourselves.
Rhymes of Entanglement
It's all about the lyrics, no more, no less. Voice and music follow colors and intentions of words. Entanglement of heart and mind, bliss and delusion abound. Listen/download
Rose petal jam... The pink, shimmery, quivering, transparent, silky substance in my teaspoon, dotted with translucent fragments of veined veils, the petals themselves... A taste,…
June 24, 2020
The hands of blue time united into the mast of a sailboat. And I was captain on that deck of shadows, at the helm, I too a shadow resisting impermanence, asking: is all or any of…
May 24, 2020
As I scour social media these days, I come across various reactions to our global crisis. A hilarious video of a flight attendant “working from home.” Another video of poker…
April 9, 2020
Staying home more than ever these days, I am watching a variety of videos: from opera to horror films. By chance, I came across Midsommar (2019), the second feature-film from…
March 17, 2020
I must have heard the Intermezzo from Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana hundreds of times and I can never get enough of it. It is one of those pieces that sweep you away and awaken…
February 29, 2020
"Although your approach is very interesting, I noticed the length of the work. We usually publish volumes of at least 180-200 printed pages. According to my calculations, your…
February 3, 2020
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