Top 10 opera factsMusic quiz
Who was Carmen? (a character from the opera)
A Gypsy. The famous opera by Georges Bizet is based on a novella by Prosper Mérimée, written and first published in 1845. The contemporary critics were unaccustomed to seeing the lives of the common folk, much less the world of gypsies, in the opera - and at first condemned Bizet's masterpiece.
What is the name of the highest opera voice?
The Coloratura soprano. It is a very agile, light voice with a high upper extension, capable of fast vocal coloratura. Lyric coloraturas have a range of approximately middle C (C4) to high F (F6). The term "coloratura" refers to the elaborate ornamentation of a melody.
In theatre, what is a soubrette?
Chambermaid. In theatre, a soubrette is a comedy character who is vain and girlish, mischievous, lighthearted, coquettish and gossipy - often a chambermaid or confidante of the ingenue, she often displays a flirtatious or even sexually aggressive nature.
Which of these operas was not composed by Mozart?
The Barber of Seville is an opera buffa in two acts by Gioachino Rossini with an Italian libretto by Cesare Sterbini. Rossini's Barber has proven to be one of the greatest masterpieces of comedy within music, and has been described as the opera buffa of all "opere buffe". Even after two hundred years, it remains a popular work.
What is Ludwig van Beethoven's only opera?
Fidelio. Beethoven struggled to produce an appropriate overture for Fidelio, and ultimately went through four versions. The libretto, with some spoken dialogue, tells how Leonore, disguised as a prison guard named "Fidelio", rescues her husband Florestan from death in a political prison. Bouilly's scenario fits Beethoven's aesthetic and political outlook: a story of personal sacrifice, heroism, and eventual triumph.
Which of those famous opera composers died last?
Giacomo Puccini was an Italian opera composer who has been called "the greatest composer of Italian opera after Verdi". His most renowned works are La bohème, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, and Turandot, all of which are among the important operas played as standards.
Who's the author of "The Elixir of Love" opera ?
Gaetano Donizetti. L'elisir d'amore (The Elixir of Love) is a comic opera (melodramma giocoso) in two acts by the Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti. The opera premiered on 12 May 1832 at the Teatro della Canobbiana in Milan.
Who wrote both the words and the music for the opera '' Lohengrin ''?
Richard Wagner. Lohengrin is an opera in three acts by Richard Wagner. It is based on an old German legend. It was first performed in Weimar, Germany on 28 August 1850 with Franz Liszt conducting. Liszt chose to conduct it on that particular day because 28 August was the birthday of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe who had lived in Weimar.
Who wrote the opera Madame Butterfly?
Giacomo Puccini. Madama Butterfly is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini, with an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. Madama Butterfly has become a staple of the operatic repertoire around the world, ranked 6th by Operabase; Puccini's La bohème and Tosca rank 3rd and 5th.