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Strike a Posa

It’s just a teensy bit late for Verdi’s birthday, but La Cieca thinks you’ll enjoy the latest vocal ID challenge, cher public: 16 baritones singing the opening phrases of Posa’s “romance” from Don Carlos.

For this lyrical quiz prepared by Our Own DeCaffarrelli, your task is to identify as many Posas as possible, in the correct order, in the comments section.

Whoever identifies all 16 correctly first will win a coveted Amazon Gift Card. All decisions will be made by La Cieca, which I don’t think I need to tell you implies finality. La Cieca will keep this competition open for seven days, finishing on Saturday, October 19 at 8:00 PM.

Dear DeCaffarrelli has supplied the following start times of each singer’s contribution in the above track.

01. 0:00
02. 0:37
03. 1:13
04. 1:50
05. 2:39
06. 3:07
07. 3:40
08. 4:22
09. 5:00
10. 5:36
11. 6:14
12. 6:50
13. 7:29
14. 8:02
15. 8:41
16. 9:19

Now, cher public, start listening!

  • LittleMasterMiles

    Stupid Flanders.

    • Rowna

      So I really stink at these, but 12 is definitely Hvorostovsky. Here and there I think I heard, Kwiecen, Hampson and Skovhus . . but damned if after listening to 9 plus minutes I can tell the difference anymore.
      Guesses:2 -- Hampson
      3 -- Bruson
      15 -- Bastianni
      16 -- Kwiecen
      I know that Sherril Milnes must be there as well.
      Not counting on a prize -- but I think I am the first guesser.

      • sutherlandfan

        I couldn’t begin to identify these 16 (although I agree that 12 sounds like Hvorostovsky.) But what struck me was how cavalierly the dynamic markings were ignored by so many of the singers. It’s like many of them never heard of pianissimo or trills! Trills? Several never even tried!

  • laddie

    Where is Peter Mattei???

    • Ed

      I am ashamed to say there were some of whom I had no idea. I did think Bastianini was #1, and number #3 was maybe Herlea. #4 was Cappuccilli, #5 was flat throughout, #9 was Merrill, and then #11 was Louis Quilico.

  • Cuban_Stallion

    Very difficult indeed. Amazing how generic the majority of these voices sound, at least in this short phrase. I cannot bear to hear how badly so many of them handle the glissando after “su questo suol”. No. 1 is Bastianini, not 15, in my opinion. I do not hear Hampson in No. 2. The vibrato is too quick in 3 for it to be Bruson. Yes, No. 12 is Hvorostovsky, not only because he has so many distinctive elements in his singing and articulation, but the loud intakes of breath definitely give him away. No. 6 is live from the Met and just awful.

    • Edward George

      No. 6 is live from the Met and just awful.

      Probably some fucking Brit, then.

      I agree with your 1 and 12. I can hear some of Hampson in 2, so will put him on my list. I thought Bruson might be 14 (something about the vowels sounds).

      1. Bastianini
      2. Hampson
      3. Gobbi
      4. Cappuccilli?
      8. Kwiecien
      12. Hvorostovsky
      13. Allen
      14. Bruson?

  • Sir Ferris

    Here’s the French text, for anyone who’s interested (sorry no accents):

    L’Infant Carlos, notre esperance,
    Vit dans le deuil et dans les pleurs,
    Et nul ne sait quelle souffrance
    De son printemps fletri les fleurs!

    So I’m terrible at these things, which doesn’t stop me from wondering if #11 might be Panerai.

  • Baritony

    1. Bastianini
    2. Hampson
    3. Gobbi
    4. Cappuccilli
    5. Sved ?
    6. Fischer-Dieskau
    7. Fischer-Dieskau again ?
    8. Kwiecen
    9. Merril
    10. ?
    11. Quilico
    12. Hvorostovsky
    13. Allen
    14. Bruson
    15. Protti
    16. Keenlyside

    • bluestocking

      13 is SO not Thomas Allen.

    • turings

      10 is Tézier?

    • Baritony

      Actually, I agree with #2- Manuguerra, 10-#Sereni and 5#- Herlea, and will go out on a limb and say Robert Savoie for #7

  • Hanna

    And I thought I knew my Posas!

    What I know: 4 is Cappuccilli, and there is no Hampson, no Mattei

    What I guess:
    There should be Milnes somewhere. Where? 7?
    The slightly nasal tones of 6 might be Nucci
    10 could just be Bruson (the Scala 1978 broadcast?)
    16 has shades of Keenlyside

    Ah well…

    • I grew up with Milnes and don’t hear him and his idiosyncratic vocal production. But I’ve only listened once. I don’t hear Hampson either. My favourite is Bastianini which is definitely no. 1. No. 11 & 12 are definitely Quilico and Hvorostovsky.

      • Hanna

        Right. No Milnes either.

        11 sounds like a transfer from a 78?!

  • 1. Ettore Bastianini
    2. Matteo Manuguerra
    3.
    4. Piero Cappuccilli
    5. Yuri Mazurok (?)
    6.
    7.
    8.
    9. Robert Merrill
    10.
    11. Louis Quilico
    12. Dmitri Hvorostovsky
    13. Thomas Allen
    14. Renato Bruson
    15.
    16.

  • bluestocking

    13 really is not Allen. He has a decent trill.

  • arepo

    What? No Warren?
    1. Bastianini
    2. DFD
    3. Bruson
    5. Cappucilli
    11. Gobbi????
    12. Without any doubt Hvor
    15. Merrill

    I can’t wait to ROTFLMAO

    • Hippolyte

      I don’t believe Warren ever sang Rodrigo.

      • arepo

        No kidding! He should have!

  • Bevi A Tequila

    Aargh -- I might have had better luck if the excerpt included music requiring them to sing in their passaggio and/or upper register.

  • yetanotheroperafan

    1 -- Bastianini
    2 -- Hampson
    3 -- Gobbi
    4 -- Cappuccilli
    5 -- Herlea
    6 -- Kwicien
    7 -- Nucci
    8 -- Fischer-Dieskau
    9 -- Merrill
    10 -- Sereni
    11 -- (Louis) Quilico
    12 -- Hvorostovsky
    13 -- Allen
    14 -- Bruson
    15 -- Silveri
    16 -- Keenlyside

  • jacobelli

    1 -- Bastianini
    2 -- Hampson
    3 -- Gobbi
    4 -- Cappuccilli
    5 -- Sereni
    6 -- Fischer-Dieskau
    7 -- Nucci
    8 -- Kwiecien
    9 -- Merrill
    10 -- Tezier
    11 -- L.Quilico
    12 -- Hvorostovsky
    13 -- Allen
    14 -- Bruson
    15 -- Protti
    16 -- Keenlyside

  • rysanekfreak

    My Ouija board and I would like to guess:

    1. Bastianini
    2. Bo Skovhus
    3. Gobbi
    4. Cappuccilli
    5. Manuguerra
    6. Zancanaro
    7. Bruson
    8. Fischer-Dieskau
    9. Merrill
    10. Sardinero
    11. L. Quilico
    12. Hvorostovsky
    13. Alan Titus
    14. Servile
    15. Coni
    16. Keenlyside

  • SemperBlues

    I will give it go:

    1-Ettore Bastianini
    2-Bo Kvoshus
    3-Tito Gobbi
    4-Pierpo Cappuccilli
    5-Nicolae Herlea
    6-Giorgio Zancanaro
    7-Robert Savoie
    8-Mariusz Kwiecien
    9-Robert Merrill
    10-Vincenzo Sardinero
    11-Louis Quilico
    12-Dmitri Hvorostovsky
    13-Thomas Allen
    14-Renato Bruson
    15-Paolo Silveri
    16-Simon Keenlyside

    • SemperBlues

      7-Even though the accents, ”vecchia scuola” glissando and the strange diction remind me of Nucci’s performance from Scala; The voice is rounder and has lower harmonics: Robert Savoie?!?

    • SemperBlues

      Bo Kvoskus= (i mean) Bo Skovhus