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Maria-Cristina Necula

Romanian-born New York-based writer, poet, translator, singer, lecturer on opera,

traveler, and speaker of French, German, Italian, Romanian, and Spanish. 

a year without you


bends and folds

upon itself

like a paper airplane

in a perpetual return 

to its origins

a year without you

a year of reversed


where silences blush


than words

and Thought 

is nothing

but a lame excuse

to hold you



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) 

Available on Amazon

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  A surprising mosaic, enhanced by previously unpublished and unusual maps whose pertinent features illuminate today's realities; maps that often have more to say than long analyses. 

Available on Abe Books

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) 

Available on Amazon



A journey of the heart through my often-performed favorite classical pieces and songs of love. Accompanied by pianist David Maiullo. 


study you

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 abounds. Listen/download

One Millennium

Before Sunrise

What are we but an infinitesimal grain of infinite desires, I ask in my first venture as a lyricist and songwriter. Listen/download 

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Where is the Chinese Princess?

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…

Do you separate the art from the artist?

"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…


"There really is no such thing as the past in the digital age; it's all here now." (Christopher Loots)


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