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When Ladies Meet

Posted in contest, mp3, quiz, verdi, youtube on January 30, 2008 by lacieca

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

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Una… due…

Posted in contest, quiz on January 30, 2008 by lacieca

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 Joan Sutherland). Each of these savants, however, stumbled on the mysterious Lady Number Six. Can you guess her identity (along with the other 13, of course), email La Cieca, and win the coveted amazon.com gift certificate?

No Sleep ‘Til Sunnyside

Posted in contest, diva, mp3, quiz, verdi on January 28, 2008 by lacieca

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 order. (La Cieca has decided to be merciful this time and omit overly obscure singers. Each singer in this clip is or was internationally famous. However, La Cieca cautions you that not all these singers included Lady Macbeth in their onstage repertoire.)

When you believe you know all 14 voices, send your answer to lacieca@parterre.com. First correct answer will receive a gift certificate from amazon.com. Should there be no entry with all 14 correct answers by midnight on Tuesday, January 29, La Cieca will choose randomly among the entries with the highest number of correct answers.

In the meantime, please feel free to discuss and make wild guesses in the comments section.

UPDATE: As of Monday evening, La Cieca has not declared a winner. There is a tie for first place with two entries each naming 13 out of 14 correctly. Interestingly, they both mistake the same Lady. For those of you who might want to do a little more intensive study of the Ladies (and La Cieca doesn’t mean only the lesbians in the audience!), here’s the mp3 to download.

We have a winner!

Posted in contest, quiz on December 7, 2007 by lacieca

The people have spoken, and they have chosen Winpal as the author of the wittiest Season Brochure. Congratulations to Winpal and all you cher public who participated!

Runners-up and their lilting melodies

Posted in contest, diva, quiz on December 4, 2007 by lacieca

Excellent lines from some of the many, many “Season Brochures” that didn’t make the final five.

Soprano Montserrat Caballe stars as Jeanette, a virginal pony who for most of the opera is disguised as a mysterious duck. Montserrat Caballe is perhaps best known from TV’s Sex & The City where she sang the lilting melody “My Way.”

Soprano Diana Damrau stars as Alice, a virginal mortar and pestle who for most of the opera is disguised as a mysterious desk accessory. Diana Damrau is perhaps best known from TV’s The West Wing where she sang the lilting melody “Oops I Did It Again.”

Soprano Rosa Ponselle stars as Giuletta, a virginal cattle prod who for most of the opera is disguised as a mysterious cigar. Rosa Ponselle is perhaps best known from TV’s Heroes where she sang the lilting melody “Without a Song.”

Soprano Joan Sutherland stars as Hortensia, a virginal abbess who for most of the opera is disguised as a mysterious food processor. Joan Sutherland is perhaps best known from TV’s Miami Vice where she sang the lilting melody “Vesti la giubba.”

Dame Gwyneth Jones is perhaps best known from TV’s The Life Of Riley where she sang the lilting melody “The Leader Of The Pack.”

Hildegard Behrens is perhaps best known from TV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer where she sang the lilting melody “How much is that doggy in the window?”

Zinka Milanov is perhaps best known from TV’s Everybody Loves Raymond where she sang the lilting melody “Hava Negila.”

Victoria de los Angeles is perhaps best known from TV’s Fear Factor where she sang the lilting melody “Let’s hear it for the boy.”

Aprile Millo is perhaps best known from TV’s Nanny and the Professor where she sang the lilting melody “I Will Survive.”

June Anderson is perhaps best known from TV’s Leave It To Beaver where she sang the lilting melody “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore.”

Ljuba Weltisch is perhaps best known from TV’s The Gong Show where she sang the lilting melody “Oompa Loompa Doopity Do.”

Dawn Upshaw is perhaps best known from TV’s So Graham Norton where she sang the lilting melody “It Sucks to be Me.”

Birgit Nilsson is perhaps best known from TV’s Grey’s Anatomy where she sang the lilting melody “Glitter and be Gay.”

Maria Callas is perhaps best known from TV’s The Simpsons where she sang the lilting melody “We wish you a Merry Christmas.”

Galina Gorchakova is perhaps best known from TV’s Ugly Betty where she sang the lilting melody “Super Trouper”.

Christine Brewer is perhaps best known from TV’s Brothers and Sisters where she sang the lilting melody “Love Lifts Us Up Where We Belong.”

Leonie Rysanek is perhaps best known from TV’s Wife Swap where she sang the lilting melody “Sexy Back.”

Cheryl Studer is perhaps best known from TV’s My Name is Earl where she sang the lilting melody “Let the Bright Seraphim.”

Mara Zampieri is perhaps best known from TV’s American Gladiators where she sang the lilting melody “Get your tongue out of my mouth, I am kissing you goodbye.”

Brochuremania 2007: Vote for your favorite Season Brochure

Posted in contest, quiz on December 4, 2007 by lacieca

Now is the time to restore La Cieca’s faith in the democratic process, cher public! The polls will remain open until midnight on Thursday, December 6. Remember, the winner receives a gift certificate from amazon.com.

free polls Which is your favorite Season Brochure?
The 1924 Season for Parma Grand Opera by Julian
The 1954 Season for Selma Grand Opera by Orestes
The 1995 Season for Seattle Grand Opera by James
The 2008 Season for Montego Bay Grand Opera by Winpal
The 2007 Season for Buffalo Grand Opera by Indiana
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"The Season Brochure" – you be the judge (part 1)

Posted in contest on December 4, 2007 by lacieca

La Cieca was franky overwhelmed by both the volume and the quality of the “Season Brochure” contest entries, so she’s decided to ask you, her cher public, to help decide the winner. In this and four succeeding posts, she will present five finalists. Later today, she will post a ballot so you, the cher public, may vote on your #1 favorite.

Julian writes:

The 1924 season for Parma Grand Opera promises an eclectic mix of squally and humungous works, as well as a gala glottal stop featuring the flatulent personality Liberace as special dog trainer.

The squat classic, Italo Montemezzi’s La Fuoco di Istanbul boasts a new production directed by Coco Chanel, with costumes by Winston Churchill. This wheezy staging updates the action to Rotterdam in the early part of the 7th century. Soprano Dame Clara Butt stars as Fanny, a virginal scheitel who for most of the opera is disguised as a mysterious waste disposal. Dame Clara Butt is perhaps best known from TV’s Six Feet Under where she sang the lilting melody “Come Into The Garden, Maud.”

The neglected masterpiece Der Sehnsuchterlebnisbusselhalter will be revived for only 17 performances. You probably already know the famous “Breast Pump Chorus” which was used on the soundtrack of the Academy Award winning film A Horn Blows At Midnight. Due to the length of this work, all performances will begin at the shank of the evening.

Finally, the company will present the Peoria premiere of the opera The Life and Times of Carol Channing in a co-production with Lyric Opera of Chicago and Carl Rosa. The libretto is by Isadora Duncan, based on the play Shopping And F**king, and the music is adapted from the works of Engelbert Humperdinck by maestro Arthur Nikisch. Exciting newcomer Condolleezza Rice makes her operatic debut as the smarmy heroine, and the men in her life are portrayed by Bea Arthur, David Beckham and Johnny Wadd.

Generous support for Parma Grand Opera’s Inter-Uterine Device was provided by the Bela Lugosi Foundation and the National Endowment for the Iron Lung.