Opera 1 - Answers

Published: Wednesday 17th November 2010
  1. What does the term "Opera" mean in Italian? Work.
  2. Which English composer wrote the opera "A Midsummer Night's Dream"? Benjamin Britten.
  3. Which one-act opera is usually performed in a double-bill with Mascagni's "Cavalleria Rusticana"? Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci".
  4. Which opera by Johann Strauss translates into English as "The Bat"? "Die Fledermaus".
  5. What are the words of an opera often referred as? The Libretto.
  6. What was Beethoven's only opera? "Fidelio".
  7. From which opera does the aria "Nessum Dorma" come? Turandot.
  8. In which Mozart opera does the character Donna Anna appear? Don Giovanni.
  9. What was the name of Cio Cio San's lover in "Madame Butterfly"? Lieutenant Pinkerton.
  10. For what type of voice was the role of Nabucco, King of Babylon created for by Verdi? Baritone.
  11. Where is Wagner's opera, Lohengrin set? Antwerp in the early 10th Century.
  12. Who wrote the English opera "Dido and Aeneas"? Purcell.
  13. What is the principal opera house in Milan? La Scala.
  14. Das Rheingold' , 'Die Walkure' , 'Siegfreid' and 'Gotterdammerung' make up what? Wagner's Ring Cycle.
  15. Which world famous soprano born in Australia in 1926 died in 2010? Joan Sutherland.
  16. What was the name of the flower girl who dies in the last scene of 'La Boheme'? Mimi.
  17. What was the name of Puccini's last opera which was finished by one of his students? Turandot.
  18. Don Alfonso was the name of a character in which Mozart opera? Cosi Fan Tutte.
  19. What is meant by a "Breeches Role" in opera? A male character that is played by a woman, a good example being Cherubino in "The Marriage of Figaro".
  20. Which Shakespeare play was the Berlioz opera "Beatrice et Benedict" based? Much Ado About Nothing.

One Comment

  1. Marion Bayley says:

    Question 1 the word opera actually means works as it is the plural of opus in latin

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