Did you put on falsies? I’m in lockdown with two Screaming Divas

Did you put on falsies? I’m in lockdown with two Screaming Divas


norman lebrecht

June 15, 2020

When I agreed to an online conversation with the Screaming Divas – Sondra Radvanovsky and best friend Keri Alkema – never for a moment did I imagine that the content level would drop below early-middle Schopenhauer with a spot of Wittgenstein for light relief. These two ladies are very serious opera personages.

But they are also such unadulterated fun that, even as we were exploring the outer limits of how to use Covid time creatively (and, yes, we had some good ideas), we kept bursting into laughter and playing off each others’ strengths and weaknesses.

Sondra and Keri have a little chat between themselves once I’m out of the room and the whole video is just a great reminder of how to keep our spirits up as we interact in these distanced times.

Watch at your leisure and enjoy.

I certainly did.


  • Beckmesser says:

    Great info and fun!

  • R. Brite says:

    But why did you insult these lovely ladies in French, Norman?

  • E says:

    This was lovely. NL, you are a kind mentor, here, especially at around 57min.
    Sonya and Keri — wonderful exchange. We look forward to hearing you on stage, “After the Indigo.” This is indeed, “a different way of giving and receiving.”