Headshot of La Cieca

Cher Public

  • kashania: In her book and in other interviews, she acknowledges Bubmry’s Bayreuth Venus. I don’t... 1:31 PM
  • armerjacquino: Oh, I see! I just assumed it was a clickthrough. *blushes* 1:28 PM
  • La Cieca: That is, in the image reproduced here, which is the form in which the article appears at first... 1:20 PM
  • armerjacquino: Not just Spain- Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Greece, Israel, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, South Africa... 1:14 PM
  • armerjacquino: I have looked and looked and I can’t find the error. Am I being unbelievably stupid? 1:12 PM
  • steveac10: There’s some misremembering by Ms. Norman on this point. In descending order of renown:... 1:12 PM
  • Mare Lichter: Back in the early 90s, I attended a concert given by Jessye Norman at a church in her home town... 1:00 PM
  • phoenix: http://tinyurl.com /msl8loz - Sorry to pull up another card, but I am going to slip in a question:... 12:54 PM
  • Patrick Mack: She’s so home spun. So down to earth. Why does she always sound like Lady Catherine de... 12:43 PM
  • kashania: Though this is pretty funny: Moments later, the heavy velvet curtains in the doorway part... 12:41 PM

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.   Read more »

Ufa the top

Here’s the winners of the Ildar Abdrazkov Quiz, Bluebeard and Krunoslav!   Read more »

Daily double

Here’s a quick last-minute quiz for you Martinu fans out there: answer the question after the jump and win two tickets to Gotham Chamber Opera’s double bill program of Alexandre bis and Comedy on the Bridge this week. Read more »

fidelio_quiz

Monster ball

I have banged on and on about doing an “Abscheulicher” quiz for years.

Read more »

eagels

Ah, je les écoute sans cesse

For your racionative pleasure, cher public, here’s an epistolary quiz in honor of the Met’s new production of Werther: 13 artists share Charlotte’s “Ces lettres! Ces lettres!” scena from Massenet’s opera.

Read more »

posa_quiz

No Posa ability

Not perhaps as enthusiastic a response as La Cieca might have liked to the recent Posa quiz, and no official winner.

Read more »

posa_quiz

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.

Read more »

trovatore

E d’ogni re maggior il Trubadur!

La Cieca and DeCaffarrelli unanimously hail Trubadur as winner of the “Ladies in the Dark” vocal ID competition.

Read more »

donna_anna

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.

Read more »

valkyries

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 »