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The winner takes it all

You can thank La Cieca later, because right now she’s offering you a chance to win two tickets to hear the winners of this year’s Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. It’s a special concert in the intimate ambiance of WQXR’s Greene Space, hosted by Eric Owens on March 11.

To enter the contest, please answer the following trivia questions in the comments section. The earliest time-stamped comment with all correct answers will win the pair of tickets. La Cieca’s decision as to timing and accuracy of answers will naturally be considered final.

Ready? Here are your trivia questions.

1.  A Canadian soprano was among the winners of the first National Council Auditions to be celebrated with a concert on the stage of the Met. Can you name this artist, her Met debut role, her repertoire for the company’s first season at Lincoln Center, and her Met farewell role?

2.  Which early National Council winner went on to fame not at the Met but in the world premiere of a Lee Hoiby opera, a 1990s TV drama and two 21st century Broadway revivals of Stephen Sondheim musicals? Name the singer and each of these four vehicles, please!

3.  Which year’s National Council winners included a ready-made cast for Ariadne auf Naxos?  Don’t forget to name the singers and their roles!

4.  A favorite showpiece in the National Council auditions is Valentin’s aria from Faust. Can you name a dozen baritones who have offered this selection in the onstage concert at the Met?

5. The precursor to the National Council Auditions was a program called The Metropolitan Opera Auditions of the Air, some of the celebrated winners of which went on to interesting crossover projects. Can you tell us which of these winners sang a duet about a pineapple with Werner Klemperer, which went on a bus-and-truck tour of the musical Applause, and which pair of winners recorded a duet from Call Me Madam?

7 comments

  • littoraldrift says:

    (1) Teresa Stratas. Poussette, Manon. Liu, Mimi, Marguerite, Lisa. Giorgetta, Tabarro.
    (2) Mary Beth Peil. Summer and Smoke, Dawson’s Creek, Sweeney Todd, Follies.
    (3) 1988 — Fleming (Ariadne), Graham (Komponist), Heppner (Bacchus), Elizabeth Carter (Zerbinetta)
    (4) Anthony Clark Evans, Edward Parks, Michael Chioldi, Mark Oswald, Stephen Biggers, Gerald Dolter, Thomas Hampson, Robert McFarland, Richard Stilwell, Gene Boucher, Russell Christopher, Roald Reitan
    (5) Regina Resnik. Patrice Munsel. Marilyn Horne/Jerry Hadley.

  • Melot's Younger Brother says:

    As I recall, our doyenne was in the audience for one of those bus-and-truck performances of “Applause.”

  • Camille says:

    I thought this was about ABBA.

    oh well…..