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Forse, forse

Number TenWell done, you listeners to Mozart tidbits and participants in the “Non mi dir” competition. Your many guesses at the 24 sopranos briefly heard warbling a fragment of “Non mi dir” went much better than La Cieca might have hoped, with the sharpest-eared among you garnering a total of 20 correct answers. His identity—and those of the various divas—follows the jump.

Congratulations to Stevey, who identified the round score of sopranos: his coveted Amazon Gift Card will soon be on its way.

And who were all these ladies, you ask? La Cieca is happy to lift the veil.

  1. Eleanor Steber
  2. Montserrat Caballé
  3. Zinka Milanov
  4. Margaret Price
  5. Gwyneth Jones
  6. Anna Netrebko
  7. Gladys Kuchta
  8. Elisabeth Rethberg
  9. Gundula Janowitz
  10. Eva Marton
  11. Sondra Radvanovsky
  12. Birgit Nilsson
  13. Beverly Sills
  14. Ljuba Welitsch
  15. Patrizia Ciofi
  16. Leontyne Price
  17. Carol Vaness
  18. Cristina Deutekom
  19. Karita Mattila
  20. Simone Kermes
  21. Joan Sutherland
  22. Claire Watson
  23. Regina Resnik
  24. Teresa Stich-Randall


  • luvtennis says:


  • luvtennis says:


    You sell yourself short. You need more than just free time to get it right the way you did.

    That said, I must confess that I find it very challenging to fit activities like this quiz into the erotic and glamorous lifestyle that I have earned and so richly deserve… (Guess the movie reference, guys!)

    Still, I think choice of excerpt is often telling. I might have recognized more singers if some of the excerpts chosen had been more representative of their efforts -- he said huffily….

    I even had a hard time recognizing Lee! SHould have used this excerpt.

  • FaustinaHasse says:

    I love you, i haven’t heard of Gladys Kuchta in years. You are also the first to mention Melitta Muszely . Way back, in the 1960s, German and Austrian television stations actually made opera movies for television, imagine! And I will never forget Melitta Muszely as Colombina/Nedda in Pagliacci. On youtube You will find Marcel Cordes, now barely remembered, in the prologue from the movie.
    Another great movie was a German version of Eugene Onegin with Hermann Prey. They actually used some of Pushkin’s verses as a prologue.