Primadonna, Italian for “first lady”: leading female singer in an opera company.
Primadonna Assoluta: the absolute star of the opera company.
Singers have often featured prominently in fantastic stories. Young Antonia in the Tales of Hoffmann dies from singing. The Greek Sirens lure sailors by their singing and let them drown. It is a singer who redeems the mad genius Erik who haunts the Parisian opera house.