Cher Public

  • zinka: 26:52 is the duet….. 12:38 AM
  • zinka: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=a7kN -KxKL7w LEYLA!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!! Papian was chest-less when I saw her..She is... 12:37 AM
  • Batty Masetto: Definitely a wig, though unusually for BSO, a pretty good one. I noticed a major change in her hair before her scene in... 11:31 PM
  • Krunoslav: I read one that was scathing, and he deserved it. But a lot of mainstream critics seem to like Silvestrelli. 11:19 PM
  • Krunoslav: ” I had seen the opera performed years ago with Anja Silja as the Kostelnicka and Elisabeth Soderstrom as Jehufa,”... 11:15 PM
  • laddie: I don’t know but I thought they slipped a wig on her sometime backstage prior to the shearing. It just looked more like a... 10:59 PM
  • Camille: P.S. To dear Genevieve — and a Word to the Wise: be mighty careful when dispensing your snake wine and tell m. croche to be wary... 10:42 PM
  • Camille: Send my regards to Genevieve! Que vive Genevieve!!! I’ll take the mojito–Cuban style–and dump ALL anacondas on... 10:13 PM

Ah! Manon, mi tradisce

Our Own Chris Corwin (not pictured) has taken a peek at the current guesses for the “Sola perduta” quiz and notes that fewer than half of the selections offered have been correctly identified. He has consented to offer a few hints after the jump.   Read more »

La deserta donna

La Cieca hopes the cher public won’t let poor Manon Lescaut get too lonely out there in the bayou or the heath or whatever it is, because you’ll want stay close to listen to our latest Identification Quiz, 15 sopranos in full hysterical wail.   Read more »

Chiamo il mio ben così

Congratulations to Leitbreite (not pictured) whose cunning ears identified all but one of the singers in last week’s “Orpheus” quiz.   Read more »

Orpheus

Orphic mysteries

Your task this week: Name That Orpheus!

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Wenkoff

Moor than expected

La Cieca guesses we will have to make these quizzes more challenging.

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Otello Quiz

Before sunset

In honor of the upcoming Met Opening Night, here’s a singer identification quiz featuring, for a change, music for a tenor: the climactic phrase from Otello’s third act monologue.

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Dinner

Des Goldes Schmuck schmähte er nicht…

The clear winner of the “Dinner for Schmuck” competition is DharmaBray‘s succulent menu.

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Dinner

Dinner for schmuck

In celebration of the impending retirement of San Francisco Opera’s head honcho David Gockley, La Cieca proposed a quick midweek competition, with a first prize of not having dinner with San Francisco Opera’s head honcho David Gockley.

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Maleficent

Triskaidekaphilia

Your task: name the Ortruds, all unlucky 13 of them.

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Met Auditions

All futures great and small

The Metropolitan Opera yesterday afternoon was an uncommonly cozy place, as the auditorium was packed to the rafters with friends and family members of the nine National Council Audition Finalists.

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