Saturday, February 5, 2011

Opera Quiz - What's Your Guess?

Last weekend's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, featured another intriguing opera quiz put together by Peter and Sam.

In addition to his singing career, the mystery voice was said to have been a proficient pianist, composer, film and stage star, and conductor.

There aren't many opera singers who qualify on all of those levels - any guesses?

Here's a little more information about him: he wore a monacle because he had a twitch in his eye - not because he needed corrected vision. One of the more famous career highlights of this Austrian native occurred when he took over for Sir Thomas Beecham as conductor of the famous Sunday afternoon concert series with the London Philharmonic. And then, of course, there are all of the recordings - songs, entire operas, and opera arias.

Give up?

Turns out the mystery voice is.....................Richard Tauber!

Thanks to all of you who sent in your guesses - it was Larry Wolkin of Meriden, NH who came up with the right answer. For his efforts, Larry will be rewarded with an inscribed 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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