Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Opera Quiz

Every so often on Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, we like to add a little intrigue to the show. (As if opera doesn't have enough of that already!) Last weekend Peter and Sam cooked up an interesting puzzler, they played three short pieces of music, and offered only one hint: the soprano singer was a famous Wagnerian opera star.

Well, since then we've learned a bit more about the mystery voice. She's American (a Missouri native), and sang throughout the 1930s, 40s, and 50s on stages including the Metropolitan Opera. She also distinguished herself as a guest on popular TV shows with Jack Benny and Ed Sullivan. A diehard baseball fan, at one point she became part owner of her hometown team, the St. Louis Browns. For her notable contributions to the recording industry, she even has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Give up?

The mystery voice is.....................Helen Traubel!

We heard from many of you with your guesses, but we only had one right answer: congratulations to Letitia H. Rydjesky of Randolph, who will be receiving a copy of Peter Fox Smith's book A Passion for Opera.

Thanks to everyone who participated in our opera quiz. We'll do it again sometime!

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