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The big sleep

It’s time yet once again for a listening quiz, cher public, courtesy of Our Own armerjaquino.

The following sound file contains snippets of 16 performances of the classic Richard Strauss song “Beim Schlafengehen,” and your task will be to identify all 16 singers in the correct order. Make your guesses in the comments section below, and the first commenter to guess all 16 correctly, or, failing that, the commenter with the highest number of correct identifications as of midnight on Thursday, July 5 will win a coveted Gift Card.

Here’s the clip, cher public, and off you go!

Beim Schlafengehen


  • Feldmarschallin says:

    Here my final list:
    1. Grümmer
    2. Schwanewilms
    3. Cotrubas
    4. Isokoski
    5. Steber
    6. Röschmann
    7. Arroyo
    8. M. Price
    9. Janowitz
    10. Schwarzkopf
    11. Stich-Randall?
    12. Popp
    13. Merbeth
    14. Hendricks
    15. Eaglen
    16. Studer

    with some I am certain like 1-4, 6, 9, 10, 14, 15 and some are guesses.

    • Clita del Toro says:

      Looking at the list, 1-16, I am so impressed that you guys can identify a good number of the voices from such a short clip. I know or know of most of those singers, but haven’t heard enough of their work to even try to identify them and/or haven’t heard them in many years. Studer, Cotrubas, Isokowski, Röschmann, Hendricks, ,Janowitz are among those. Don’t know Merbeth at all. I have only seen five or six of them in person.

  • Feldmarschallin says:

    When do we get the correct answers Armer?

    • armerjacquino says:

      La Cieca has the answers, so I will of course leave it to her to announce them, and the winner.

    • Hippolyte says:

      As is clearly stated, the contest runs until midnight tonight (Thursday).

  • Feldmarschallin says:

    ok thanks

  • Feldmarschallin says:

    oh my mistake I thought it was midnight of the 4th going into the 5th.

  • Feldmarschallin says:

    I always wished that Lemnitz and Cebotari could have recorded them with their floating Strausian voices.

  • operalover9001 says:

    It would have been so much fun if the clips were all singers not associated with this cycle -- Marilyn Horne, Mirella Freni, Birgit Nilsson, Grace Bumbry, Montserrat Caballe