It's a Sunday. We're sick. We took Soho the Dog's test.
1. Name an opera you love for the libretto, even though you don't particularly like the music.
L'Eroe Cinese, Metastasio
2. Name a piece you wish Glenn Gould had played.
Chopsticks. That'd be fun, and gawd knows Glenn needed to unclench.
3. If you had to choose: Charles Ives or Carl Ruggles?
4. Name a piece you're glad Glenn Gould never played.
A Scott Joplin rag. Or did he?
5. What's your favorite unlikely solo passage in the repertoire?
An old Paul Bowles zarzuela.
6. What's a Euro-trash high-concept opera production you'd love to see? (No Mortier-haters get to duck this one, either—be creative.)
I'll quote myself here.
Opera Chic herself has a weakness for 1970s p9rn star 'stache, and she hopes Juan Diego decides to one day do a 1970s style Elisir d'Amore, where Nemorino is decked out with big fat mustachioes all Starsky & Hutch-like, in bell bottoms and bushy sheep hair and nylon shirts like the Beastie Boys in the Sabotage video and Adina is all Daisy Dukes and platform shoes and dirty, frizztastic hair.
7. Name an instance of non-standard concert dress you wish you hadn't seen.
Anything worn by Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
8. What aging rock-and-roll star do you wish had tried composing large-scale chorus and orchestra works instead of Paul McCartney?
Ringo Starr. He's sadly underrated.
9. If you had to choose: Carl Nielsen or Jean Sibelius?
Come on, it's not even a question, Sibelius 4evar.
10. If it was scientifically proven that Beethoven's 9th Symphony caused irreversible brain damage, would you still listen to it?
I've listened to it so many times that it's too late anyway.
Do we pass or fail?