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Orphic mysteries

One of parterre’s most-requested features has returned, cher public, thanks to our indefatigable anthologist Chris Corwin. Your task this week: Name That Orpheus!  

In the following sound clip you will hear 16 artists performing the final stanza of the celebrated lament “Che farò senza Euridice” of dear maestro Gluck. Your task is to penetrate the tangle of keys, vocal ranges, genders and languages to name the 16 performers in the correct order. (Please note that all but one of these recordings is from a live performance.)

The first reader to name all singers correctly in the correct order in the comments section will win a crisp new parterre box t-shirt. In the unlikely event that no participant can name all the artists correctly, the prize will go to the one having the most names correct when the competition ends on Tuesday, November 24 at midnight.

As always, La Cieca’s decisions as to eligibility and any other topic under the sun must be considered irrevocable.

Ready to hear the stones weep? Here you go!

  • Leitbreite

    1.Giulietta Simionato
    2.Richard Croft
    3.David Daniels
    4.Fedora Barbieri
    5.
    6.
    7.Huguette Tourangeau
    8.
    9.Shirley Verrett
    10.
    11.Rita Gorr
    12.Vesselina Kasarova
    13.Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    14.
    15.
    16.Kathleen Ferrier

  • Buster

    I only recognize (7) Brigitte Fassbaender, and a fabulous Rita Gorr (11).

  • Leitbreite

    1.Giulietta Simionato
    2.Richard Croft
    3.David Daniels
    4.Fedora Barbieri
    5.Nicolai Gedda
    6.Zarah Leander
    7.Huguette Tourangeau
    8.Gerard Souzay
    9.Shirley Verrett
    10.Jochen Kowalski
    11.Rita Gorr
    12.Vesselina Kasarova
    13.Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    14.Stephanie Blythe
    15.Bejun Mehta
    16.Kathleen Ferrier

    I wanted to attempt a complete list (though 15 is a partial guess and 8 and 14 are utter guesses). And what ever happened to that Werther vocal ID quiz many moons ago? I always wanted to know who the mystery Charlottes were, but I don’t think La Cieca ever posted the results.

  • scargo

    and where is Natahalie Sutzmann?

  • Milady DeWinter

    Well if no. 6 turns out to be Leander, you really deserve to win anyway, Leitbreit!
    I am out of this one since it must needs contain countertenors, a voice type to which I am allergic. Once I did enjoy Mr. Daniels when he first arrived on the scene, but they all sound eventually sound like Clara Cluck to me. Forgive my philistinism.

  • aulus agerius

    What about David Hobson? I’m sure many of us remember his winning video with the suspenders and nipples. :-))

    • Tamerlano

      He’s #3…god, he was so cute.

  • Rowna

    Where is Horne? Interesting that 2 people were sure they knew #7, and were different guesses, and I thought it was Troyanos! Fun quiz. Aside from 3 and 9, they would either be wild guesses or blanks.

  • Krunoslav

    Where are Butt and Kirkby-Lunn???

    • messa di voce

      And where is Gail Gilmore?

  • Leitbreite

    There are still some I’m not certain about, but I think this might be as close as I get:

    1.Giulietta Simionato
    2.Richard Croft
    3.David Daniels
    4.Fedora Barbieri
    5.Nicolai Gedda
    6.Zarah Leander
    7.Huguette Tourangeau
    8.Gabriel Bacquier
    9.Shirley Verrett
    10.Jochen Kowalski
    11.Rita Gorr
    12.Vesselina Kasarova
    13.Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    14.Bernadette Manca di Nissa
    15.Bejun Mehta
    16.Kathleen Ferrier

  • gustave of montreal

    1. Risë Stevens

  • EarlyRomantic

    What, no Derek Lee Ragin?

  • danpatter

    Maureen Forrester’s was the first recording of ORFEO I heard and I still like her lovely, moving rendition, which has some Guadagni variants. Stich-Randall was her fine Euridice.
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  • Thank you, CC, for putting this together. It’s not only fun to guess the voices, but also to hear the variety of voice types and ornamentations.

    I will say that whoever number 8 is, he’s not doing much to advance the cause of a bass Orfeo.

    • DellaCasaFan

      I believe Leitbreite got it right, #8 would be Gabriel Bacquier, otherwise a fine French baritone. All baritones/bassos should have stayed away from this role.

  • Leitbreite

    Well, since no one else has posted guesses on all 16 Orpheuses (Orphei?), I’ll go ahead and make one final alteration to my previous entry:

    1.Giulietta Simionato
    2.Richard Croft
    3.David Daniels
    4.Fedora Barbieri
    5.Nicolai Gedda
    6.Zarah Leander
    7.Huguette Tourangeau
    8.Gabriel Bacquier
    9.Shirley Verrett
    10.Jochen Kowalski
    11.Rita Gorr
    12.Vesselina Kasarova
    13.Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    14.Bernadette Manca di Nissa
    15.Michael Chance
    16.Kathleen Ferrier