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  • The_Kid: Speaking of which: I just watched an YT clip of someone called Margarita Castro-Alberty sing this... 11:31 PM
  • The_Kid: You took the words right of my mouth: that’s exactly how I feel. She does the cabalettas... 11:27 PM
  • The_Kid: This is for Camille: Camille, you mentioned a book called ‘The Assoluta Voice in Opera’... 11:19 PM
  • steveac10: So if a performer has “flaws” ; they have no business performing? ALL singers have... 11:14 PM
  • Hippolyte: I read somewhere that the Campra opera will travel to BAM in April 2016. 11:11 PM
  • Krunoslav: I adore Miriciuiou, whom I was lucky to see in non-Met performances including a wonderful... 11:09 PM
  • The_Kid: I do not agree with La Cieca on a lot of things, but here I am 100% in agreement: I belong to tons... 10:58 PM
  • Krunoslav: Well, I don’t know if you’re trying to be coy or what, but the fact that Sondra at... 10:49 PM
  • Satisfied: Does anyone know if LES FÊTES VÉNITIENNES (with Les Arts Florissants) from L’Opéra Comique... 10:46 PM
  • kennedet: Cieca, evidently I have insulted someone very dear to you. My only regret is not giving her the... 10:27 PM

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 »

No Posa ability

Not perhaps as enthusiastic a response as La Cieca might have liked to the recent Posa quiz, and no official winner. But we do have a runner-up, to be revealed after the jump. Read more »

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 »

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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.

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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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Fire down below

The Immolation Quiz now stands tied between two competitors, each of whom has identified correctly 20 of the 25 singers represented.

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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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Ich kann nicht überspitzen

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

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