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
Ha, wie begreifst du schnell und wohl! Ha, wie begreifst du schnell und wohl!

Well done all of you for guessing almost all the correct identities of the mysterious Ortruden.

on June 27, 2015 at 2:25 PM
Triskaidekaphilia Triskaidekaphilia

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

on June 17, 2015 at 12:27 PM
The woman in Greene The woman in Greene

Susan Graham (pictured) and Piotr Beczala are the latest additions to the roster of “WQXR Presents Metropolitan Opera Spring Highlights,” at The Greene Space on Monday, April 6 at 7:00 PM.

on April 01, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Jewels of the nile Jewels of the nile

No two ways about it, cher public, you fell in love with the “They’re only in it for the ‘dp'” competition, and two of you came around the last turn neck and neck.

on March 14, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Ildar pursuit Ildar pursuit

Our good friends (and advertisers) at Maestro Artist Management have been wondering just how much you, the cher public, know about Ildar Abdrazakov.

on January 19, 2015 at 11:00 AM
Daily double 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.

on October 15, 2014 at 11:50 AM
Open mike night Open mike night

Some very clever casting indeed in this week’s “Dream Team” competition.

on October 05, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Dream team Dream team

In honor of WQXR’s salute to the Richard Tucker Music Foundation next week—featuring Tucker honoree Michael Fabiano and hosted by legendary Renata Scotto—La Cieca invites the cher public to compete for free tickets to the mini-concert.

on September 29, 2014 at 5:33 PM
Monster ball Monster ball

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

on July 25, 2014 at 12:49 AM
Cogito argo sum Cogito argo sum

The front runner in our devilishly difficult “D’amor sull’ali” quiz is Giasone (pictured), with 22 of 30 singers correctly identified.

on August 09, 2013 at 3:29 PM
Ladies in the dark Ladies in the dark

And now, cher public, the vocal identification quiz in excelsis, Leonora’s great Act IV scena from Il trovatore, as sung by 25 sopranos (and five tenors).

on August 03, 2013 at 6:38 PM
Pietà di me! 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.

on May 31, 2013 at 6:46 PM
Dead heat 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.

on May 11, 2013 at 12:08 PM
Final immolation update Final immolation update

The score in the Immolation Quiz now stands tied at 23 all, with both leading entries identifying wrongly the same two segments of the quiz.

on May 08, 2013 at 11:55 AM
Ich kann nicht überspitzen Ich kann nicht überspitzen

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

on September 18, 2012 at 8:57 PM
Who was that Lady? Who was that Lady?

Much guesswork, most of it terribly astute, went into our most recent vocal ID quiz, and La Cieca is now ready to reveal the most accurate of a very accurate bunch.

on August 12, 2012 at 11:22 PM
In the day of success In the day of success

“I have learned by the perfectest report they have more in them than mortal knowledge.”

on August 01, 2012 at 2:22 PM
Nun der Quiz mich müd gemacht Nun der Quiz mich müd gemacht

After a brilliantly collaborative start, the cher public fell just short of deciphering the complete Beim Schlafengehen quiz, though several of you did very well indeed.

on July 13, 2012 at 12:11 PM
A time to weep A time to weep

Don’t let the headline worry you, cher public, what’s coming up after the jump is meant to be good clean fun, with a prize even.

on June 17, 2012 at 4:37 PM
Steel yourself Steel yourself

La Cieca thinks it would be fun for the cher public to play George Steel (or, given the difficulty of the task, Superman) and devise an upcoming season for NYCO.

on February 22, 2012 at 2:36 PM
To the victors go the DVDs To the victors go the DVDs

Congratulations and thanks to all the many, many parterriani who participated in the second annual Bühnenweihfestspielkrieg

on February 13, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Where has the time gone? La Cieca was just reminded this morning that on Tuesday the 2012 recipients of the F. Paul Driscoll Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence (aka The Opera News Award) will be named. Though your doyenne has no details yet about which lucky opera types are to be…

on July 29, 2011 at 12:33 PM