Having had to stage both of them, give me Norma any day.. she went out of her way to make it a pleasant occasion, and was appologetic about asking for a simple table.... June on the other hand, was as bolshie and demanding as all get out, and I would rather book Genghis Khan and the rampaging Mongol hordes, than have to deal with her ridiculous requirements - she had a list of foods that she would eat, and they had to be prepared in a particular way.... Norma just needed a corkscrew, which Martin usually carries anyway! Norma's sound check was about 15 mins, June's went on longer than the bloody concert!
If you compare me with Lucia Popp, then I can't sing. BUT if you do it the other way, she can't sing. People have different styles and swapping or comparing them is difficult. June's style is perfectionist and very demanding, it's a recording style. Norma is very much a club singer, of which we've all known a few who couldn't carry a tune in a bucket, but is an undemanding, natural sound, that can be translated to almost any environment.