For those of you who were stumped by Lady Number Six, here’s the mysterious dame herself, Galina Vishnevskaya, in a more accustomed version of Lady Macbeth, the 1966 film by Mikhail Shapiro of Katerina Izmailova. The great diva returned to the screen only last year in Alexandra (directed by Alexander Sokurov), playing an elderly woman…

on January 30, 2008 at 10:41 AM

And now, the solution to the “Sleepwalking Scene” quiz.

on January 30, 2008 at 1:01 AM

Our Mystery Regie this time presents a standard opera in three acts. So let’s see one image from each act — although each image is from a different production of the work. Remember, cher public, if you actually recognize the production, hold your tongue and allow others to guess!

on January 29, 2008 at 11:31 PM

The clock is running out on the great Sleepwalking Scene contest, ladies and gentlemen! With only three hours and change to go, no one has successfully identified all 14 Ladies. Currently leading the pack with 13 correct are MC (not to be confused with Maria Callas) and DS (not to be confused with, uh, Dame…

on January 29, 2008 at 9:30 PM

Not a whole lot of news on matters operatic in the past couple of days, so La Cieca has decided a competitive quiz is in order. The clip below is the “Sleepwalking Scene” from Verdi’s Macbeth divided among 14 sopranos and mezzo-sopranos. All you have to do is name the 14 singers in the correct…

on January 28, 2008 at 7:57 PM

You’ve all worked out that the previous Regie quiz was Don Carlos in the Peter Konwitschny production. So now, how about a few guesses what opera these two photos might represent? (Please, any of you who already know the production, please let the others try to work it out!)

on January 21, 2008 at 8:21 PM

Two images from a recent production of … well, you tell me! Our previous Regie riddle? It’s Tristan und Isolde, of course, directed by “The Cher of Regisseurs,” that one-named wonder Rosalie.

on January 17, 2008 at 9:35 PM

Three images from a single production of an opera in the standard repertoire. What is the opera?

on January 13, 2008 at 9:53 PM

Who said this? Here’s a hint:

on January 12, 2008 at 1:45 AM

So, tell me, what is this jolly-looking opera? (UPDATE: La Cieca has added a second image from the same production.) The previous Regie was Die Fledermaus, the first act trio for Rosalinde, Alfred and Frank.

on January 09, 2008 at 5:34 PM

And what might this opera be? Answer to our previous Regierätsel: Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice.

on January 04, 2008 at 11:18 PM

When she first saw this photo, La Cieca thought, well, it’s about time we saw an all-bear production of The Lisbon Traviata. But, in point of fact, that delightful Terrance McNally play is not what this picture depicts. So La Cieca puts it to you, cher public What is this opera?

on December 15, 2007 at 2:58 PM

More Geheimnisregie. What’s the opera? (Hint: it’s not Carmen).

on December 13, 2007 at 11:54 AM

That “Cate Blanchett” Traviata we were talking about earlier? Turns out there’s video of the dress rehearsal.

on December 07, 2007 at 9:35 AM