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Well done all of you for guessing almost all the correct identities of the mysterious Ortruden. The identity of the winner (and of all 13 howling witches) will be revealed after the jump.  

The most nearly correct guesser is Feldmarschallin (not pictured) with 12 correct out of 13 and an earlier timestamp than the similarly approximate stevey.

And the 13 Ortruds, in order, were…

  1. Christa Ludwig Teatro Colon 1964
  2. Christine Goerke Houston 2009
  3. Evelyn Herlitzius La Scala 2012
  4. Eva Marton Met 1984
  5. Margaret Harshaw Met 1959
  6. Rita Gorr Bayreuth 1959
  7. Elena Nicolai Naples 1954
  8. Astrid Varnay Bayreuth 1954
  9. Deborah Polaski Met 1998
  10. Waltraud Meier Berlin 1993
  11. Ruth Hesse Tokyo 1970
  12. Ursula Schröder-Feinen Bayreuth 1972
  13. Marjorie Lawrence Met 1935
  • PCally

    I hadn’t realized that Meier sang the role that early. I’d read that she hadn’t sung it onstage until 1998.

    • Christopher Corwin

      All of the excerpts that have appeared in the quizzes that DeCaffarrelli and I have concocted over the past few years come from live performances rather than studio recordings. However, this doesn’t always mean from complete operas, as with the Callas snippet in the Werther quiz last year. The Meier here came from a complete Elsa-Ortrud scene (w. Studer) done at a New Year’s Eve “Wagner Gala” with Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic which was eventually released on DG.

      • overstimmelated

        Were the answers for the Charlottes ever posted?

        • Christopher Corwin

          Yes, but related posts aren’t always consistently tagged so I’m having trouble finding that particular one. I’m on my way out but will search for it later, unless LaCieca can point to it in the meantime. Here is the quiz itself for the moment:

          http://parterre.com/2014/02/17/ah-je-les-ecoute-sans-cesse/

          • overstimmelated

            Here’s where La Cieca vowed to post the results (jump down to last comment on page),
            but frustratingly, I was never able to find them.

            http://parterre.com/2014/03/30/graven-image/comment-page-1/

          • Here is what I THINK is the correct listing of the Charlottes. (This was such a while ago that I forget if I changed the order of the clips Christopher sent me.) Check this against the quiz and tell me if if seems to fit…

            Regine Crespin Buenos Aires 1965
            Giulietta Simionato Mexico City 1949
            Janet Baker ENO 1977
            Christa Ludwig MET 1971
            Maria Callas Paris 1963
            Madga Olivero Torino 1963
            Lucia Valentini-Terrani Florence 1978
            Jennifer Larmore Brussels 2007
            Teresa Berganza Aix 1979
            Brigitte Fassbaender Munich 1977
            Maria Ewing San Francisco 1978
            Elina Garanca Vienna 2005
            Virginia Zeani Palermo 1971

            • overstimmelated

              Thanks! I see that one of last year’s contributors actually had all the same names and in the same order. This quiz gave me pause at the time because several fans (myself included) of one prominent exponent of the role found, improbably, that we disagreed completely about which of the Charlottes she was or might have been. No doubt that was because, as it turns out, she wasn’t included here at all -- nor, if I’m not mistaken (?), were any of the stars of the other standard or once-standard studio recordings -- which may well have been the intention.

    • She caused a sensation when she sang Ortrud in Lisbon in 1989.

  • Buster

    Well done, FM! Anything special you plan to buy?

    And thanks a lot for putting this togerther, Mr. Corwin.

  • Feldmarschallin

    Thanks Buster. Probably the new Schwanewilms Mahler. I ordered the new Aida already since it was mispriced on Amazon.uk…they priced 3 CDs for one. Off to the Arabella Einführung shortly and Pelleas this evening. When is our Elektra? I hope she doesn’t cancel the two here since she might to rehearse the Tristan at some point. She is a busy woman this season.

    • Buster

      Too busy, I’d say. If she is wise she keeps July free. Today is the Zurich premiere of Elektra, and I go July 10. We’ll see what happens. Too late in the season, anyhow. I am skipping Lulu today, and go for a cycling trip before it gets too hot.

    • PCally

      Congrats Feldmarschallin

      Here’s hoping Herlitzius doesn’t cancel as I myself will be there (the performances are the 16th and the 19th). Her schedule is pretty crazy.

  • Feldmarschallin

    Have fun.

    • Buster

      Thanks, you too!

      • PCally

        Buster tell us how the performance is. I feel like you know by now I’m most interested how Schwarz is.

        • Buster

          Will do, PCally. I plan to hear her Gaea too, next year in Hamburg.

        • Buster
          • Feldmarschallin

            They write she is in superb form. Cannot wait for the Elektra here and for Isolde in August. Will anyone else be there on the 23 in Bayreuth? Interesting article in der SZ today about the cast change and about it probably being less intrigue and more just that K Wagner and Bayreuth needed a sure hit and they thought that Kampe might not be quite right or that maybe even Kampe had doubts. Herlitzius seemed the safer choice and they should have hired her from the start.

            • Buster
            • lorenzo.venezia

              @Feld, I will be there, but I only have tickets for Ring III and Lohengrin. Was unable to get Tristan ticket :-(

            • Feldmarschallin

              Lorenzo I will be Ring 3 and Lohengrin as well. Maybe we can meet at one of them. I believe the Tristan will be even more difficult to get now. Buster from what I have read so far you are in for a treat with the Elektra.

            • PCally

              Feldmarschallin, does it explain why they thought Herlitzius would be a bigger hit than Kampe. It seems like Kampe has just as much a history at the festival and got unanimous raves for Sieglinde last summer, as well as Isolde elsewhere. Were the rehearsals not going well?

            • lorenzo.venezia

              @Feld, yes. For a while I checked weekly to see if seats had become available for Tristan but I’ve given up. We’ll have to touch base closer to D-day. I arrive in Bayreuth 19 August from Nürnberg for Lohengrin on 20 August. I’ll keep trying for Tristan.

          • PCally

            Buster, it’s also an absolutely brilliant production. It sounds like an exciting night!

            • Feldmarschallin

              Maybe she and Petrenko realized it was a step too much for her. Maybe Thielemann said something. Herlitzius has sung Brünnhilde, Ortrud and Kundry there and Kampe only Sieglinde. Gould also has to be in great form and perhaps they thought they needed an Isolde where they were sure of a big success. I do think that perhaps EH might cancel the second of the two Elektras here since I am not sure when the GP in Bayreuth is but the 19th is awfully late. I had to skip that one anyway since Schwanewilms is giving a LA and I cannot go to two things at once. I am hoping she will sing on the 16th and then go straight to Bayreuth. I would feel better if someone like Theorin who always has time it seems sang the second one that I have to miss.

            • Feldmarschallin

              We are leaving here on the morning of the 20th and will arrive late morning since it is about a good two hour drive. Lohengrin at 16.00 then on Friday the Rheingold. Tristan is on Sunday 23.8 between Walküre and Siegfried. Maybe Foster will get sick and EH can sing the final Götterdämmerung after her last Isolde on the 23. :)

            • lorenzo.venezia

              Hope springs eternal ;-)

  • Cicciabella

    Congratulations to the Feldmarschallin on identifying most of the witches!

    For those of you who don’t get ZDF, the Stars Summit will be online via medici.tv at 10 pm CET (relay with a 2-hour delay). Thomas Hampson is graciously stepping in for Dmitri Hvorostovsky, to whom, I’m sure, everyone here extends the warmest wishes for a quick and full recovery.

  • Cicciabella

    Has anyone seen the TV series Mozart in the Jungle, with Gael García Bernal as a conductor loosely modelled on Dudamel? Is it worth watching? How about the book? Does it really reflect New York orchestral life? Much obliged in advance for any opinions.

    • Rowna

      I tried watching episode one. Didn’t make it through. But maybe that is just me.

      • Cicciabella

        Thanks, Rowna. Maybe I’ll try the book first.

    • kraneled

      I loved it.
      It’s definately worth to see it.
      Enjoy

  • stevey

    Congrats, Feld! And enjoy the spoils of victory… buy yourself something frilly!! :-)

    And thanks again for another fun quiz!

  • Camille

    Felicitations to both die gnädige Feldmarschallin and to stevey as well for hanging in there. There will always be another one, stevey, and one day you will triumph again.

    Feldmarschallin, maybe you can buy a microphone so that you may conduct interviews and investigations upon the Green Hill as to the momentous goings-on. We are depending upon du, du, nur du allein! And Jungfer, too. And everyone else there!