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  • la vociaccia: It’s really, really disheartening when a professional music critic makes a blunder like... 4:21 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Au contraire! IMHO Midgette’s blatant lack of knowledge of the authentic spoken... 4:17 PM
  • alejandro: The spoken intro was amazing! I walked away last night with a lot of love for the score/text. 3:54 PM
  • Will: The Venue is Sanders Theater in Memorial Hall of Harvard University. 3:54 PM
  • Buster: I’ll have what she’s having. 3:53 PM
  • WindyCityOperaman: RIP Rod McKuen httpvh://www.youtu be.com/watch?v=IJZ Qz5U0el0 3:32 PM
  • m. croche: You gotta love a critic who exhorts a production team to “address the score more... 3:30 PM
  • RobNYNY: And Mozart, Wagner, Verdi, Puccini and Strauss must account for about 30 of them. 3:27 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: And I did not notice that Lebrecht already had it on his site! Early this morning there... 3:22 PM
  • Cicciabella: Take a look at this dynamite, all-singing, all-dancing Valencienne, in translation (Hungarian),... 3:21 PM

Ladies in the dark

And now, cher public, the vocal identification quiz in excelsis, Leonora’s great Act IV scena from Il trovatore, as sung by 25 sopranos (and five tenors). And the winner of the contest will enjoy a most sumptuous prize package. Read more »

Forse, forse

Number TenWell done, you listeners to Mozart tidbits and participants in the “Non mi dir” competition. Your many guesses at the 24 sopranos briefly heard warbling a fragment of “Non mi dir” went much better than La Cieca might have hoped, with the sharpest-eared among you garnering a total of 20 correct answers. His identity—and those of the various divas—follows the jump. Read more »

Dead heat

Now the deadline has passed for the Immolation Quiz, La Cieca is happy if a bit puzzled to announce that the result is a tie: two of the cher public were able to identify 23 of the 25 voices in the quiz correctly.   Read more »

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Fire down below

The Immolation Quiz now stands tied between two competitors, each of whom has identified correctly 20 of the 25 singers represented.

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Disc inferno

The music is “Brünnhilde’s Immolation Scene” and it is up to you (and I do mean you) to identify the 25 singers involved.

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My heart at thy sweet quiz

La Cieca has heard the rumblings (from you, the cher public) that we have not had a singer identification quiz in all too long a while.

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The winner takes it all

Here’s a chance for you to win two tickets to hear the winners of this year’s Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the intimate ambiance of WQXR’s Greene Space.

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Zukunftsmiausik

Leave it to a cat to transform a Wagner festival into the Jellicle Ball.

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Bicentenarian

La Cieca it would be both fun and appropriate to get an early start celebrating one of this year’s two major 200th birthdays, that of Richard Wagner, and what better way to kick up our heels than with a parterre competition?

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Powers that will make martial law seem like anarchy

That’s the kind of casting abilities you’ve got, cher public, two of you in particular, who are the winners of the Manchurian Candidate competition.

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