Romanian-born New York-based writer, poet, translator, singer, lecturer on opera, traveler, and speaker of French, German, Italian, Romanian, and Spanish.
Presentations on Opera
Meeting Tosca - Department of Modern and Classical Languages, CCNY - April 2020
Introduction to Opera - Macaulay Honors College at CCNY - Oct. 2019
Macbeth: from Shakespeare to Verdi - English Department at Baruch, CUNY - Sept. 2019
Mozart's Don Giovanni - Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, The City College of New York, CUNY - April 2019
Una serata all'opera/An Evening at the Opera: Giacomo Puccini's Il Trittico - Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, The City College of New York, CUNY - Nov. 2018
Getting Ready for La Traviata - Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, The City College of New York, CUNY - March 2017
From the Risorgimento to Berlusconi: The Verdi Effect on the Duet of (Pop)Culture & Politics - The Graduate Center, CUNY - "I Love Pop" Conference - Nov. 2016
The Tales of Hoffmann: Adapting the Uncanny - UCLA Friends of English Southland - "Low Fidelity: the Aesthetics and Politics of Adaptation" Conference - June 2016
Raising the Iron Curtain: the Bucharest Opera Resistance - The Graduate Center, CUNY - "Reading Terror: Representations and Resistance" Conference - Nov. 2015
"Fire and Ice" themed recital - The Lehman Art Gallery - January 2017 - view on YouTube
To book a presentation on opera or a themed recital, please contact me.
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) Available on Amazon
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) Available on Amazon
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
"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
I had a dream that I was made of words, From head to toe, a body built by sentences and paragraphs, Coherent and absurd, Entirely dependent on the letters, For their arrangements…
January 27, 2020
Recently, I was wrapping up my "Intro to Opera" presentation with the final scene from Puccini's Turandot, in which the Chinese Princess accepts Calaf as her consort and everyone…
November 1, 2019
"Can you remove the man from his art?" the students asked me. I told them that I am still a fan of Kevin Spacey's acting, and that the last season of House of Cards had been a…
October 20, 2019
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