normaLa Cieca (pictured) can hardly muster a messa di voce after the overwhelming torrent of entries in the “You Can Ring My Bel Canto” competition, but after hours of careful consideration and hobnobbing with my fellow doyennes, I have finally come do a decision as to who should be considered a prima inter pares

Best in show, and winner of the tickets to the July 16 Caramoor performance of Norma, is CerquettiFarrell for her three-pronged, four-diva analysis supported by well-selected clips.

Runners-up (and it should be remembered that this group placed only marginally ahead of more than a dozen superb entries) are the following:

Congratulations to all!