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
like a paper airplane
in a perpetual return
to its origins
a year without you
a year of reversed
where silences blush
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)
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 A surprising mosaic, enhanced by previously unpublished and unusual maps whose pertinent features illuminate today's realities; maps that often have more to say than long analyses.
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)
A journey of the heart through my often-performed favorite classical pieces and songs of love. Accompanied by pianist David Maiullo.
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
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November 1, 2019
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October 20, 2019
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