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  • Cocky Kurwenal: I’m really looking forward to seeing Chenier in London in a few months. While neither... 8:30 AM
  • DonCarloFanatic: Mine aren’t rarities, or at least did not use to be. Andrea Chenier and Adrianna... 8:23 AM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: That’s a great way to put it Phoenix, I completely agree. 7:50 AM
  • phoenix: You are both welcome. For anyone who wants to hear it (I preferred the Pagliacci) you can get it... 7:41 AM
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  • phoenix: internet connection problems. Maybe I better shut up and get off the site. At any rate, the last... 7:30 AM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: The pattern last night was very much as I recall from the ROH, Phoenix – pretty... 7:24 AM
  • phoenix: Despite the difficulty with the high notes, Goerke’s Elektra sounded more lyrical last night... 7:19 AM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: Whatever else one can say about Barkmin (and as I’ve put below, I loved her, but can... 7:16 AM
  • ML: What? Why? He’s the only true French voice we have! I think long-standing Parterrians should be... 6:24 AM

Monster ball

I have banged on and on about doing an “Abscheulicher” quiz for years, and the World Cup Final was so dull I thought I’d multitask. Apologies for a couple of scary gear changes in the pitch—it’s a mixture of live, vintage and studio recordings.   Read more »

Cogito argo sum

The frontrunner in our devilishly difficult “D’amor sull’ali” quiz is Giasone (pictured), with 22 of 30 singers correctly identified. Runner up, ironically, is Enzo Bordello, with 18 names in place. Remember, cher public, the competition continues through August 14 at midnight, at which point the lavish gift package supplied by Opera Depot will be awarded.

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 »

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Pietà di me!

Perhaps, you, cher public, will be crying out the above-mentioned phrase when you hear the most recent vocal collage prepared by our dear DeCaffarrelli.

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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.

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Final immolation update

The score in the Immolation Quiz now stands tied at 23 all, with both leading entries identifying wrongly the same two segments of the quiz.

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Ich kann nicht überspitzen

Frankly, the response to the Elektra quiz was uneven. La Cieca will explain after the jump.

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Who was that Lady?

Much guesswork, most of it terribly astute, went into our most recent vocal ID quiz, and La Cieca is now ready to reveal the most accurate of a very accurate bunch.

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In the day of success

“I have learned by the perfectest report they have more in them than mortal knowledge.”

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Nun der Quiz mich müd gemacht

After a brilliantly collaborative start, the cher public fell just short of deciphering the complete Beim Schlafengehen quiz, though several of you did very well indeed.

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