Multitudes of Elviras Multitudes of Elviras

It seems to me that we have a tie!

on March 31, 2020 at 4:50 PM
Tutto sprezzo che d’Ernani Tutto sprezzo che d’Ernani

When La Cieca reached out asking for content, I resurrected a hoary standby—the vocal ID quiz.

on March 23, 2020 at 1:27 PM
Unveiled Unveiled

Congratulations to Christian Ocier (not pictured) who guessed all 16 of our mystery Salomes correctly!

on June 28, 2018 at 11:00 AM
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
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
Intorno a me s’oscura il ciel! Intorno a me s’oscura il ciel!

The Manon Lescaut identification quiz, which La Cieca thought would be pretty much a cakewalk, turned out vastly more challenging than she imagined.

on February 15, 2016 at 9:00 AM
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
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
Triskaidekaphilia Triskaidekaphilia

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

on June 17, 2015 at 12:27 PM
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
Ufa the top Ufa the top

Here’s the winners of the Ildar Abdrazkov Quiz, Bluebeard and Krunoslav!

on January 25, 2015 at 5:53 PM
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
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
Ah, je les écoute sans cesse 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.

on February 17, 2014 at 5:31 PM
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
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
E d’ogni re maggior il Trubadur! 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.

on August 15, 2013 at 11:58 AM
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
Fire down below Fire down below

The Immolation Quiz now stands tied between two competitors, each of whom has identified correctly 20 of the 25 singers represented.

on April 25, 2013 at 1:37 AM