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    Verdi quiz

    No cheating now
    "The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland."
    Lucy Maud Montgomery

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Verdi quiz

    No cheating now
    No cheating: 12 out of 12

    I like this one:

    10. Verdi's famous tenor aria, La donna mobile, from Rigoletto, translates loosely into English as -

    Your tiny hand is frozen
    My wife's on her mobile
    Women are fickle
    The lady's not for turning
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Verdi quiz

    No cheating now
    12 for 12 as well (with one lucky guess)!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    No cheating: 12 out of 12

    I like this one:

    10. Verdi's famous tenor aria, La donna mobile, from Rigoletto, translates loosely into English as -

    Your tiny hand is frozen
    My wife's on her mobile
    Women are fickle
    The lady's not for turning
    Haha!

    I got 11 The one I got wrong was question 7 which wasn't about Verdi though!
    "The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland."
    Lucy Maud Montgomery

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    I got 9 out of 12...(and I think I got lucky at that!)

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    I got 11 out of 12, and I suspect it would have been 12 of 12 if I'd followed my original instinct with the question about Falstaff. I may just have to take the darned quiz again to see if my suspicion is correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Haha!

    I got 11 The one I got wrong was question 7 which wasn't about Verdi though!
    Yes I had to guess that one, but I did know that Queen Victoria had died in 1901.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    I got 11 out of 12, and I suspect it would have been 12 of 12 if I'd followed my original instinct with the question about Falstaff. I may just have to take the darned quiz again to see if my suspicion is correct.
    "Tutto nel mondo burla"
    Natalie

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    Just found an article which puts into words just how I feel about this wonderful art form we are so passionate about.

    Is Opera Relevant?
    "The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland."
    Lucy Maud Montgomery

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    Simon Keenlyside master class

    Simon Keenlyside gave a master class for students at the Royal College of Music.

    Fascinating to see him ask a young singer to change something ever so slightly & then for the singer to do it (& us to hear it) & see their face light up. My respect for what singers do to perfect their art racked up even further.

    And great to meet forum member Superfly.
    "The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland."
    Lucy Maud Montgomery

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    The on-stage collapse and subsequent death of the great American baritone Leonard Warren during a performance at the Met on March 4, 1960 of "La forza del destino" is surely one of the saddest episodes in the history of opera. This eyewitness account of what transpired makes gripping reading:

    http://archives.metoperafamily.org/a...mepath=&xhome=

    For the morbidly curious (such as myself), scans of original newspaper articles reporting the incident can be accessed via Google News Archives:

    https://www.google.com/search?pz=1&c...3A1&authuser=0

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    Having read latest Das Opernglas issue summary, I've just realized I need to get out more.

    A whole world of opera I am missing... The next tickets I purchase for a performance is NOT going to be ROH or Met!

    2014/15 season I am going to any one of the other great European Opera houses or festivals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Having read latest Das Opernglas issue summary, I've just realized I need to get out more.

    A whole world of opera I am missing... The next tickets I purchase for a performance is NOT going to be ROH or Met!

    2014/15 season I am going to any one of the other great European Opera houses or festivals.
    I'm glad you find the information in the summary useful. That October issue arrived unusually late and had me wondering if I'd be able to finish the summary on time.

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    I hope "Opera Small Talk" is the right place to put a couple of operatic heads-up...(or is it heads-ups)...

    First, this weekend CBS's 60 Minutes show goes backstage at The Met...

    http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50157787n

    Then, starting November 1 or so, (check your local PBS channel), you can watch Jay Hunter Morris (of whom I'm a new fan since the latest Met Ring Cycle)...as Ahab in San Fran's Moby Dick production...I'm really looking forward to that! Here's the link:

    http://video.pbs.org/video/2365106042/

    Enjoy! (I know I will!)

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    This video was posted to a thread in that "other place." I couldn't stop laughing when I watched it, and I laugh every time I think about it. This must be Regietheater at some of its most absurd. Sad thing is that this performance was intended to be serious. As a caution, there is nudity here, so if that bothers you, you'll probably want to skip this.


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