Romanian-American writer, poet, translator, and singer Maria-Cristina Necula was born in Bucharest, and immigrated to New York at the age of twelve. She received her B.A. in Language & Culture with a Music minor from Purchase College, and her M.A. in English Studies (Composition & Rhetoric) from Lehman College. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from The Graduate Center. Her dissertation-based book, The Don Carlos Enigma: Variations of Historical Fictions, was published by Academica Press in 2020. Necula studied classical singing in New York, Bucharest, and at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, and has performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Florence Gould Hall, and the Westchester Broadway Theatre, among other venues. She has given talks on opera, languages, and literature at The Graduate Center, Baruch, The City College of New York, and UCLA Southland. The journey of writing her first book, Life in Opera: Truth, Tempo, and Soul (Amadeus Press, 2009)—a collection of encounters with famed personalities of the opera world—led her to many unexpected experiences, including playing a small part in the French-Austrian miniseries, Princesse Marie. Necula speaks and writes in six languages and has earned certificates of proficiency in French from the Sorbonne and in German from the University of Vienna. Her rhymed translation of Molière’s comedy The School For Wives was performed at Canterbury Christ Church University in England in 2016. In honor of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, she was invited to translate, in both French and English, testimonials about Europe by noted international decision-makers, innovators, artists, and more, all collected in the book Europe à la carte (éditions le cherche-midi, 2009) to which she also contributed two of her own pieces. A regular contributor to the culture & society website Woman Around Town and Classical Singer Magazine, she has also been published in Studies in European Cinema, Das Opernglas, and Opera News.
The Don Carlos Enigma examines the tragic story of King Philip II's son who fell in love with Philip's third wife, the fourteen-year-old Elisabeth de France. This brilliant study explores three versions of the same tale--Saint-Réal's, Schiller's, and Verdi's--and traces the implications of when and where each was written. A necessary and fascinating treatment of an irresistible tale filled with courtly intrigue, jealousy, treason, and murder. (André Aciman)Amazon
Step behind opera's glamor with this candid look at life in the lyric universe: reflections and encounters with great stars and personalities that have shaped the opera world. "Necula is one of the writers of today who possess great competence and profound knowledge about the operatic art." (Ioan Holender) Amazon
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. Abe Books
"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) Amazon
A collection of some of my international favorites: classical pieces and songs that I have sung throughout the years in recitals - accompanied by David Maiullo on piano.
Songs by Lisa Jeanne Fitzgerald
Sweet, soulful, intimate ballads like the sharing of secrets between friends. My first collaboration with songwriter Lisa Jeanne Fitzgerald.
Rhymes of Entanglement
It's all about the lyrics in this second album of my own songs.
Entanglements of heart and mind abound.
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