Art is Calling for Me

from by Jacqueline Novikov & Yelena Beriyeva

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from The Enchantress by Victor Herbert

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Mama is a queen and Papa is a king.
So I am a princess and I know it.
But court etiquette is a dull dreary thing.
I just hate it all and I show it.
To sing on the stage that's the one life for me.
My figure's just like Tetrazzini.
I know I'd win fame if I sang in Bohéme,
That opera by Signor Puccini.
I’ve roulades and the trills
That would send the cold chills
Down the backs of all hearers of my vocal frills.

I long to be a prima donna, donna, donna.
I long to shine upon the stage.
I have the embonpoint
To become a queen of song.
And my figure would look pretty as a page.
I want to be a screechy peachy cantatrice
Like other plump girls that I see.
I hate society.
I hate propriety.
Art is calling for me!

I'm in the elite and men sigh at my feet.
Still I do not fancy my position.
I have not much use for the men that I meet.
I just burn with lyric ambition.
Those tenors so sweet.
If they made love to me
I'd be a success, that I do know.
And Melba I’d oust if I once sang in Faust,
That opera so charming by Gounod.
Girls would be on the brink
Of hysterics, I think.
Even strong men would have to go out for a drink.

I long to be a prima donna, donna, donna.
I long to shine upon the stage.
With my avoirdupois,
And my tra la la la la,
I would be the chief sensation of the age.
I long to hear them shouting: "Viva" to the Diva.
Oh, very lovely that must be.
That's what I'm dying for,
That's what I'm sighing for.
Art is calling for me!

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from It's an Art, released December 15, 2015

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Jacqueline Novikov Boston, Massachusetts

Soprano Jacqueline Novikov, founder of Forma Music, is dedicated to entertaining and educating audiences through classical vocal music. She uses music's powerful language to express life's humorous, serious, mundane and sacred truths. Jacqueline holds a B.M. from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and a M.M. from Manhattan School of Music in New York City. ... more

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