B1727. SIEGMUND LEVARIE. Mozart’s LE NOZZE DI FIGARO – A Critical Analysis. New York, Da Capo Press, 1977 [Reprint of the 1952 University of Chicago Edition]. 270pp. - 0-306-70897-3
“[Regarding Siegmund Levarie] my admiration for a man who had published as an expert on Greek mathematics, Machaut, Mozart, and many other things…could also appear scintillatingly as a panelist on [The Metropolitan] opera quiz [with Edward Downes]….If you didn’t know him, you can learn a lot about this fascinating figure’s biography….Speaking of his appearances on Opera Quiz, two quips stick in my mind. One came in a discussion of the traditional CAV-PAG pairing.
'Siegmund said that, as a child, he was taken to a performance in which PAGLIACCI was paired with a ballet, and that ever since, he felt that he was ‘one Cavalleria short’. On another appearance, he sang childhood words he and his friends had set to the overture to THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, the first line of which (sung in translation) was: ‘Noodles in the pot’.”
- Roger Evans