Friday, June 10, 2011: Mystery Woman!
It’s Friday, and time for another brain-teaser.
Last week we challenged you to identify internationally-known choreographer Jiří Kylián. This week we present you with another mystery challenge, this time a woman.
Our Mystery Woman is well known in the Czech Republic, but not a household name beyond its borders. So if the ten clues below truly mystify you, keep reading.
It’s a fun way to learn a little bit of intriguing Czech history, and to find out about a famous Czech personality of classical music, opera, or ballet, as well.
When you guess her identity correctly, reward yourself with the tip-off clue’s corresponding number of points.
The identity of this week’s Mystery Woman is at the bottom of the page.
10 She studied the violin as a child.
9 After a short engagement at the Dresden Opera, it was decided her services were no longer required.
8 She eventually became a poet, novelist, and playwright, as well as a singer.
7 Her acting ability and voice won over the Berlin audience in 1898.
6 She sang in 54 operas, including 12 premieres.
5 She sang in several operas at London’s Covent Garden Royal Opera House.
4 She returned to the future Czechoslovakia after the start of World War I. Her passport was revoked due to her links with the Czech resistance.
3 By 1919, when she revived her career and appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, her audience had forgotten her.
2 She returned to Czechoslovakia and retired in 1926, dying in České Budějovice.
1 Her image appears on the 2,000 kč bill.