Cher Public

Intorno a me s’oscura il ciel!

The Manon Lescaut identification quiz, which La Cieca thought would be pretty much a cakewalk, turned out vastly more challenging than she imagined. Congratulations, at any rate, to Jacobelli, the only participant in the quiz to identify more than half of  the abandoned ladies in question. The full roster follows the jump.   Read more »

Ah! Manon, mi tradisce

Our Own Chris Corwin (not pictured) has taken a peek at the current guesses for the “Sola perduta” quiz and notes that fewer than half of the selections offered have been correctly identified. He has consented to offer a few hints after the jump.   Read more »

La deserta donna

La Cieca hopes the cher public won’t let poor Manon Lescaut get too lonely out there in the bayou or the heath or whatever it is, because you’ll want stay close to listen to our latest Identification Quiz, 15 sopranos in full hysterical wail.   Read more »

Orfeo shirt

Chiamo il mio ben così

Congratulations to  Leitbreite, whose cunning ears identified all but one of the singers in last week’s “Orpheus” quiz.

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Otello Quiz

Before sunset

In honor of the upcoming Met Opening Night, here’s a singer identification quiz featuring, for a change, music for a tenor: the climactic phrase from Otello’s third act monologue.

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Your task: name the Ortruds, all unlucky 13 of them.

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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.  

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Ufa the top

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

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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.

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Monster ball

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

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