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All right you east-coasters you--you music snobs: Now, please tell me what it is that she does so much "more so" than any other opera diva? I have heard this woman criticized for everything from having an undershot lower jaw to "being difficult". After all the other stories about gals on the high level of operatic achievement I want to know: what actions, what words, what exactly is it that makes this one so much worse? God knows the voice is fabulous!! And difficult? compared to who? Hillary Clinton? Christine Gregoire? (who was that other gal --the one that screwed up HP?) You want difficult female--how about . . .
Kathy's rep as the ultimate "prima donna" is IMO overblown (she is a diva after all) and was somewhat due to a clash with the Met director at one time. She comes home now and again to visit her family and shows up (unannounced) to sign Sunday mornings in the church she attended as a child. You learn to watch for the rented limo from the Columbus airport to know she is visiting. But by that time there's not even SRO. Probably the finest voice of my generation at least.