Archive for the quiz Category

Singing, actress

Posted in diva, quiz, youtube on January 30, 2008 by lacieca

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 who makes the trek to Chechnya to visit her grandson, who has been stationed there as a soldier for seven years.


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.

Three for the Regie

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

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!

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 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 First correct answer will receive a gift certificate from 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.

Regie on the rocks

Posted in quiz, regie on January 22, 2008 by lacieca

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!)

Regie, Steady, Go!

Posted in quiz, regie on January 18, 2008 by lacieca

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.