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The Dreaded Opera Quiz

written by: Jeopardybound
 
It's finally time I've covered the highly avoided subject of opera. It tends to strike fear in the layman, including yours truly, but don't worry as I will only touch upon the fundamentals of the subject. As always my fellow trivia enthusiasts, good luck, and in this case, you might actually need it!

Question 1:


What famous 18th century Austrian composer's operas were catalogued by K numbers and included such greats as "Don Giovanni" and "The Marriage of Figaro"?
Bach
Mozart
Beethoven
Handel

Question 2:


Which two act opera of "clowns" is Ruggero Leoncavallo's most famous work?
1812 Overture
Pagliacci
Hungarian Rhapsodies
Madame Butterfly

Question 3:


What 19th century Italian composer based his opera "Lucia di Lammermoor" on Sir Walter Scott's novel "The Bride of Lammermoor"?
Raphael
Gaetano Donizetti
Giuseppe Verdi
M.C. Escher

Question 4:


Featuring Figaro, what opera buffa by Gioachino Rossini is based on Pierre Beaumarchais's French comedy?
The Barber of Seville
The Marriage of Figaro
F Troop
Aida

Question 5:


Who is the missing "B" in the following list of famous classical music composers known as the "Three Bs": Beethoven, Bach, and who else?
Brahms
Botticelli
Bulow
Bernoulli

Question 6:


Which 19th century German composer is responsible for creating the 4 opera saga titled "The Ring Cycle"?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Richard Wagner
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Felix Mendelsson

Question 7:


Perhaps, most famous for "Aida", which Italian was one of the 19th century's most preeminent composers?
Maurice Ravel
Umberto Eco
Marco Amelia
Giuseppe Verdi

Question 8:


What was the name of the only opera composed by the almighty Beethoven?
Eyes Wide Shut
Eroica
Night on Bald Mountain
Fidelio

Question 9:


What 19th century French composer gave the world his masterpiece "Carmen" circa 1875?
Honore de Balzac
Edvard Grieg
Georges Bizet
Francois Truffaut

Question 10:


Perhaps most noted for his "Swan Lake", which 19th century Russian composer created the opera "Eugene Onegin"?
Mikhail Baryshnikov
Igor Stravinsky
Leonid Brezhnev
Pyotr Tchaikovsky

 


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