prima donna


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prima donna

1. The lead female singer in an opera company. This Italian phrase means "first lady." With her voice, I'm sure that Shirley will be named the opera company's prima donna.
2. One who is very demanding and temperamental. Kathleen is such a prima donna—there's just no pleasing her.

(a) ˌprima ˈdonna

(from Italian, disapproving) a person who thinks they are very important because they are good at something, and who behaves badly when they do not get what they want: Stop behaving like a prima donna — you’re not the only person around here.In her new film, Victoria plays a prima donna television presenter.
The prima donna is the main woman singer in an opera performance or an opera company. The phrase means ‘first lady’.
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In a provocative essay, Currie, however, asks how these myths might be used productively: "How can the spectacle of the prima donna work as a productive force of political transformation, rather than closing in on itself to form an ideologically dirty container for female flamboyance?
From the moment that the prima donna began capturing the imaginations of opera-goers, she has been mediated and partly defined through a male gaze," said Prof Cowgill.
Instead of a New York opening, Prima Donna was debuted during the Manchester International Festival.
The temperament of the prima donna frequently mirrored those of the characters she personified, usually classical goddesses or historic characters whose life stories were epic dramas with emotional peaks that rivalled Everest.
And if you already have a prima donna you want to get rid of?
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The eccentric 67-year-old said last month: "Pandev's a very good playerbutobviously he is a prima donna, a player it's easy not to like.
But be warned, this is a concept production; the basic premise is that the Prima Donna is in love with the Composer who, distraught by the turn of events surrounding the premiere of his opear, has committed suicide.
The truth is you're a petulant prima donna Francesco.
Remember Leo Sayer and his prima donna strops, Jade Goody herself exposed as the nonentity she really is, Les Dennis and Vanessa Feltz cracking under the strain.
Instead, it is a history of the working prima donna with an emphasis on little known singers who were the backbone of operatic life during this period.
ROGER FEDERER is not the prima donna type but he's very unimpressed that he can no longer find saccharine sweet Coca-Cola on tap in the locker room.
Along the way, Deanna's slimy agent, her pacifying producer, her lunkheaded love puppet and even the prima donna herself get to flash their moments of humanity.
Auf Wiedersehen Pet star Jimmy Nail claimed yesterday his pounds 30,000 damages for false allegations about his sexual behaviour and prima donna attitude made libel 'cheap at the price' for newspapers.