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.

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(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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Toivakka is supported by a number of new international studies that have focused on individual prima donnas or more broadly on the prima donna phenomenon.
The Arts of the Prima Donna in the Long Nineteenth Century.
Prima Donna leggero is the light variety in the Prima Donna family and contains only 17.
The Arts of the Prima Donna in the Long Nineteenth Century - co-edited by Prof Cowgill and Hilary Poriss - is thought to be the first study of the women who played some of the most iconic roles in opera.
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.
Where are the temper tantrums, the prima donna attitudes, the outrageous demands?
In the 19th century in Italy it became the common term applied to a principal female operatic singer or the prima donna.
Instead Marty, Mary and the RTE staff were happy to remain in the intimate surroundings of the Prima Donna restaurant and be entertained by live music.
A Bob Schultz replies: I call that attitude the Prima Donna (or Prima Don) Syndrome.
By centering her study on several relatively unknown singers whose lives and careers can be adequately documented, we are given a more complete portrait of what it meant to be a prima donna in the second tier of singers rather than the prima donna assoluta who ruled the opera world.
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.
The prima donna put on a brave face as it was revealed that she had received the least votes from viewers of I'm A Celebrity.
But the prima donna antics seem a little out of step with the fact he hasn't been in the public eyes since his last hit single.
During our last encounter with the prima donna primate, he was surprisingly reflective, almost philosophical, while toweling champagne out of his eyes in the Angels' clubhouse after the Game 7 victory in the 2002 World Series.
Ariadne (assertively sung by Petra-Maria Schnitzer), also known as the Prima Donna, is a demanding soprano, and Bacchus (the indefatigable Peter Seiffert) is a rather dopey tenor.