Also known as a prima donna ("first lady"), and especially in an opera. Refers to the leading lady of the production. The male counterpart is the divo. Plural, including male and female singers, is "divi" (DEE-vee), or, if just female singers, "dive" (DEE-vay).
Also refers to a bratty, demanding, self-centered person, regardless of whether they're a performer or not.
Here comes our diva, the spinto soprano Catarina Cassotto... and our divo, the lyric tenor Roberto Daza
a distinguished female singer; prima donna.
I will admit it, from time to time I can be a bit of a diva in the sense of a "demanding, self-centered person" but this usually happens when I am in a performance. Those people who were in Touchtone M for Murder can agree with this. When it comes to shows that I am in I demand a higher level from my fellow actors. If I am in a lead role and you aren't, I should not know all my lines before you know yours. If you are in a lead role, you need to have your lines memorized prior to tech week. This really isn't something huge to ask of you. As an actor this is expected of you. You screwing up is inevitably going to screw other people up, including me...so don't screw up! and if you do...know how to cover...don't stop and look like a deer in the headlights, this is going to make a complete fool of yourself and everyone else on stage, and please don't say "that wasn't your line, this was..." and insist on going back. Life doesn't work that way, neither does the stage!
So anyway, Jim if you read this I am going to apologize ahead of time for my possible behaviour in the next couple of days. I think I have done a good job holding in my real feelings thus far. As opening night is tomorrow, I will try my best to stay on my best behaviour, but I can't promise anything.