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September song

Here’s a quiz compiled by Our Own DeCaffarrelli to help fill out the tedious month before the season opens, cher public.

Following is a sound clip with 13 sopranos taking turns singing the great Monologue from Strauss’s Elektra. Your task, naturally, will be to identify each and every one of them, in the correct order, in the comments section below. All guesses must be posted by Friday, September 14.

The first member of the cher public to identify all 13 correctly will receive the deluxe 15-CD set of Strauss Operas conducted by Sir Georg Solti. (La Cieca reserves the right to award an equivalent prize if the winner lives in an area not serviced by La Cieca’s decisions as to correctness and promptness of the entries is, as always, quite final.

And now, cher public, for your discerning listening:

Elektra’s Monologue


  • stevey says:

    My Jesus, I’m clueless… (are we surprised?)

    1- Deborah Polaski (Actually not all the confident about this… riding on the waves of everybody else here, I guess…)

    2- Eva Marton (1) (Still think it sounds like Marton on a great day, caught when vibrato was at its most unobtrusive)

    3- Rose Pauly (2)

    4- Marilyn Zschau (3) (Pretty sure about this one… she’s such a, um, ‘vocally expressive’ singer; there are so many idiosyncrasies in her singing that I think I can safely claim this to be her)

    5- Janis Martin (4) (This could very well be Ursula Schroder-Feinen. I am (alas for me) not that acquainted with La Schroder-Feinen’s work to be able to immediately discern her voice when I hear it. I’ll stick with La Martin, just because she’s an artist that I think would slip under most peoples radars- yet she was a relatively distinguished Elektra (distinguished along the lines of Mastilovec, Vinzing, etc.). In other words, a shrewd choice for any quiz-master, and that’s why I’ll stick with her!)

    6- Inge Borkh (This is kind of a shoe-in- one of the definitive Elektra’s since the birth of the work…)

    7- Anny Konetzni (5) (I labelled this as La Konetzni simply because it’s such an obnoxious, atrocious bit of singing. I vaguely remember hearing the full recording of the Konetzni “Elektra” but, thankfully, drugs and psychotherapy have helped me from remembering much more…)

    8- Evelyn Herlitzius (6) (La Herlitzius caught at her least effective. Still, I love the woman, so I’m pretty sure I can recognize her voice)

    9- Gertrude Kappel (Drinking the Kool-Aid here. Because it seems like such refreshing, well-made Kool-Aid, coming from the most learned and reputable of sources…)

    10- Olivia Stapp (8)

    11- Luana DeVol (I’m changing here, just because I’m somewhat cowed by the posting that there are still some ladies that are befuddling us all. This is one that I’m least confident of, so I’m a-changing…)

    12- Gertrude Grob Prandl (Nope. nothing to change here)

    13- Szilvia Ralik (9) (I’m keeping this just because she’s great, and it sounds like her, and why not? I think I’ve already spent way too much time on this as it is… (or so would say my doctor and family. But what the hell do they know??? BRING ON MORE QUIZZES!!!! (lol)

    My love to all…