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  • armerjacquino: Meade has been singing prima donna assoluta roles since two years after she won the auditions. I always find it weird that... 5:32 PM
  • aulus agerius: It was my impression that the general consensus after Cincinnati this summer was that the Count di Luna was not a good role... 5:30 PM
  • steveac10: I’ll grant you Costello, but Meade is treated as a glorified cover singer who gets a handful of performances a season... 5:25 PM
  • gustave of montreal: I see. Like Trump I favour direct good old English as we, frogs, learned in school. ( or is it learnt? ) 5:21 PM
  • gustave of montreal: The Pampanini, wow ! 5:16 PM
  • m. croche: Correction: the Iceberg lettuce salad is accompanied with Wishbone Italian Dressing (Lite?. Also: if Gordon Getty picks up the... 4:40 PM
  • armerjacquino: Aside from a handful of singers who have been with the company for a decade or more they seem to have little interest in... 4:39 PM
  • Batty Masetto: Why, Elektra is some of my favorite dinner music, especially the murder scenes. Also Salome, the Hammerklavier sonata, the... 4:14 PM

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 »

The lady in question

… is Anna Netrebko, performing “Vieni, t’affretta” from Verdi’s Macbeth at tonight’s opening gala at the Mariinsky. Read more »

Fire down below

The Immolation Quiz now stands tied between two competitors, each of whom has identified correctly 20 of the 25 singers represented. Furthermore, it appears to La Cieca that every artist heard in the compilation clip has been named, with the exception of two (2) dramatic sopranos. (She has been misidentified by several different commenters, in fact.) And so, cher public, for the same of your own copy of Wagner at the Met: Legendary Performances, your doyenne urges you to try, try again!

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Red letter day

“Her letter scene was glorious, and her final meeting with Onegin beguiling. Netrebko leaves nothing to be desired vocally and is a consummate artist as well.”

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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 big sleep

It’s time yet once again for a listening quiz, cher public, courtesy of Our Own armerjaquino.

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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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Happy Birthday Birgit Nilsson

La Cieca wants to get a jump on this busy birthday season by offering a remembrance of Birgit Nilsson a day early.

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Perder quell’angelo?

Our own JJ (not pictured) received a belated birthday present in the form of an excerpt from last night’s concert in Vienna in which Anna Netrebko spreads her wings for a performance of “D’amor sull’ali rosee,” assisted by the luxe Manrico of Jonas Kaufmann.

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