That midnight kiss That midnight kiss

A challenging Salome-themed vocal identification quiz arranged by Our Own Christopher Corwin.

on June 20, 2018 at 11:28 AM
Sausendes, brausendes Rad der Zeit Sausendes, brausendes Rad der Zeit

At long last, cher public, a finale to our Senta’s Ballad quiz, nearly a month late! The name of the winner and the complete lists of sopranos after the jump. 

on May 23, 2017 at 8:00 AM
Spin the dial Spin the dial

After the jump, a quiz featuring 15 singers performing Senta’s Ballad.

on April 24, 2017 at 9:56 AM
Baton vs. glass ceiling Baton vs. glass ceiling

The Dallas Opera is delighted to announce that applications are now being accepted for a unique residential program designed to provide training and career support for distinctively talented women conductors.

on March 29, 2017 at 3:52 PM
Panel stumped Panel stumped

La Cieca admits she was surprised the historically well-informed cher public missed the mark so frequently on the “Breadbox” quiz.

on February 16, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Reminder: predict the Met’s 2017-2018 casting and win big! Reminder: predict the Met’s 2017-2018 casting and win big!

The Met Casting for 2017-2018 competition closes at 10:00 AM tomorrow (Wednesday).

on February 14, 2017 at 1:57 PM
Cast thy breadbox upon the waters Cast thy breadbox upon the waters

What better time for a competition in which you, the cher public (pictured), attempt to predict the future?

on February 08, 2017 at 1:15 PM
Ah! Manon, mi tradisce 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.

on February 10, 2016 at 11:58 AM
La deserta donna 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.  

on February 05, 2016 at 11:57 AM
Chiamo il mio ben così Chiamo il mio ben così

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

on November 26, 2015 at 3:48 PM
Orphic mysteries Orphic mysteries

Your task this week: Name That Orpheus!

on November 17, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Moor than expected Moor than expected

La Cieca guesses we will have to make these quizzes more challenging.

on September 23, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Before sunset 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.

on September 14, 2015 at 11:00 AM
Des Goldes Schmuck schmähte er nicht… Des Goldes Schmuck schmähte er nicht…

The clear winner of the “Dinner for Schmuck” competition is DharmaBray‘s succulent menu.

on September 13, 2015 at 12:26 PM
Dinner for schmuck Dinner for schmuck

In celebration of the impending retirement of San Francisco Opera’s head honcho David Gockley, La Cieca proposed a quick midweek competition, with a first prize of not having dinner with San Francisco Opera’s head honcho David Gockley.

on September 02, 2015 at 9:15 AM
Triskaidekaphilia Triskaidekaphilia

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

on June 17, 2015 at 12:27 PM
All futures great and small All futures great and small

The Metropolitan Opera yesterday afternoon was an uncommonly cozy place, as the auditorium was packed to the rafters with friends and family members of the nine National Council Audition Finalists.

on March 23, 2015 at 7:21 AM
They’re only in it for the do 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…

on March 04, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Thanks a lot, but… Thanks a lot, but…

Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin (not pictured) congratulates Countervail for the best attempt at identifying the “Brass Divas.”

on January 08, 2015 at 1:31 PM
Fans de siècle Fans de siècle

As if listening live to tonight’s gala Met premiere of Die Fledermaus were not frivolity sufficient unto the end of the calendar year, La Cieca and Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin (pictured above, in no particular order) offer an alternative version of Strauss’s operetta for your amusement.

on December 31, 2013 at 10:10 AM
Dimples of iron Dimples of iron

Well done, rgz: your Photoshop of the Guilty Pleasures CD cover was just exactly right!

on October 23, 2013 at 9:09 AM
No Posa ability No Posa ability

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

on October 22, 2013 at 2:22 PM
V for Violetta V for Violetta

ollowing La Cieca’s meager example above, the cher public are encouraged to devise images of album covers based on Renée Fleming’s Guilty Pleasures CD.

on October 13, 2013 at 2:41 PM
Strike a Posa 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.

on October 12, 2013 at 7:31 PM