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  • mirywi: The Gates Foundation isn’t set up to fund the arts. The money funds evidence-based public health initiatives. That... 10:55 PM
  • fletcher: I was secretly hoping for Domingo as Herod. 10:54 PM
  • littoraldrift: Mattila letting it rip in Helsinki back in December — I don’t know anyone singing at her level these days that... 10:09 PM
  • Bill: Well I surely hope the Met does not cast Racette as Salome this next season (Salome replacing Rigoletto in the repertoire). We do... 9:10 PM
  • littoraldrift: woops that was supposed to go in the replies below antikitschychick&# 8217;s comment 7:58 PM
  • littoraldrift: re: LA season, Racette as Salome? Wtf? Strikes me as alien Fach at any stage in her career, let alone now. But it looks... 7:57 PM
  • manou: From the unlikely page of The Tudors, http://www.thetudo rswiki.com/page/Qu een+Elizabeth+I+-+ Historical+profile some intriguing... 7:55 PM
  • Batty Masetto: San Francisco announced a while ago, as covered here, and after talking with a subscriptions rep last week I can report... 7:44 PM

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 »

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!   Read more »

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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O_Patria_Mia_Quiz

They’re only in it for the do

What with all the interest in the recent Rome performances of Aïda (and in part, at least, in Anja Harteros‘s approach to the high C in the Nile aria), La Cieca thought it would be fun to hear how some divas of the past and present have coped with that very challenging phrase. And, just for funsies, she decided to make it into a competition in which you can participate after the jump.  

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