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Cher Public

  • "Yes, I read this with great interest as these artists appear here frequently...." - chicagoing
  • "Thank you Kash. You’re always a class act. Sempre, sempre…" - Tubsinger
  • "A while back, I promised I would report on the Verdi REQUIEM with Amber Wagner,..." - kashania
  • "Love the Barbie Sartre. Put me in mind of Luciano Chessa’s “Variazi..." - m. croche
  • "Was Krunoslav writing for Newsday back then :-)?" - peter
  • "Thanks for the Palestrina, I just love that opera." - gustave of montreal
  • "In Cosi at the Met she seemed another unnecessary British import. The Per pieta was..." - 98rsd
  • "I once heard a BBC tape of Elizabeth Harwood doing the original version of..." - Orlando Furioso

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 »

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Monster ball

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

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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.

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No Posa ability

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

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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.

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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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