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  • manou: She looks like Debra Paget http://tinyurl.com /k9g6tjv 9:16 AM
  • Evenhanded: Well. And the “thumbs systems” is about as seriously as your comments are taken. But... 9:12 AM
  • Regina delle fate: Ooops sorry – I’ll try that again. Manon Lescaut, Easter Festival,... 9:12 AM
  • Regina delle fate: Another – non-classic Manon Lescaut if report is to be believed – is heading... 9:09 AM
  • WindyCityOperaman: Born on this day in 1899 composer Randall Thompson. More Easter music httpv://www.you... 8:58 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Yes it is worth having but her voice is different now and has grown over the years as one... 8:48 AM
  • Jenufa: I love the picture La Cieca has chosen this week “Les Retardataires̶ 1; Albert Guillaume... 8:41 AM
  • manou: Oops! Sorry – I thought it was a new one. Seems worth having anyway. 8:30 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Sad that to this day it remains her only solo CD of opera arias. The recording is from 2006. 8:22 AM
  • Porgy Amor: Thank you, both of you who made this one possible. I saw Marianne’s mention of it as a... 8:15 AM

Strike a Posa

It’s just a teensy bit late for Verdi’s birthday, but La Cieca thinks you’ll enjoy the latest vocal ID challenge, cher public: 16 baritones singing the opening phrases of Posa’s “romance” from Don Carlos. Read more »

E d’ogni re maggior il Trubadur!

UPDATE: A sleep-deprived La Cieca and DeCaffarrelli unanimously hail has reviewed the results once more and, in a revised ruling, declares a tie between Trubadur (pictured) and Giasone at 27 all as winners of the “Ladies in the Dark” vocal ID competition. 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.

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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).

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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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Pyramid scheme

Giulio Cesare at the Met proved an evening that added up to much more than the sum of its uneven parts.

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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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Fully equipped with fire and music

“The Greek drama affords us one character which, had Shakespeare studied it in the three great tragedians of that people, and then, preserving Greek manners as ably as he did Roman, written it from his own heart and mind, might have been worthy to succeed the greatest achievement of the stage.”

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Viva, viva il nostro Alcide!

Congratulations to Cesare 15 (pictured, right) who came, saw and—after a false start or two—conquered in the very challenging “Piangerò” quiz devised by Our Own DeCaffarrelli!

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A time to weep

Don’t let the headline worry you, cher public, what’s coming up after the jump is meant to be good clean fun, with a prize even.

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