Opera

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Question:

In which old English county is Britten's Albert Herring set?

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Wiltshire

Lincolnshire

Suffolk

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Correct! The opera is set in the town of Loxford, Suffolk

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In which opera was the final exit of lead soprano Eva Turner at the Lyric Opera in Chicago infamously given extra bounce by a trampoline?

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Verdi’s 'Aida'

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It was Puccini's 'Tosca' – in the final scene the title character throws herself off the battlements of the Castel Sant'Angelo.

Puccini's 'Tosca'

Massenet's 'Thaïs'

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Name the 1985 opera, based on a book by Maurice Sendak, whose heroine is a Sealyham Terrier called Jenny.

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Oliver Knussen’s 'Higgledy Pigglety Pop!'

Alexander Raskatov’s 'A Dog’s Heart'

Jules Henri de Saint George’s Jenny

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It was Oliver Knussen's 'Higgledy Pigglety Pop!'

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Which great 20th-century opera singer is commemorated by a statue within a stone’s throw of Oslo Opera House?

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Luciano Pavarotti

Kirsten Flagstad

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Correct! The statue is of the Norwegian dramatic soprano who died in 1962

Maria Callas

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‘God touched me with His little finger and said “write for the theatre, only for the theatre”.’ Which composer said this?

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Richard Strauss

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It was Giacomo Puccini, whose operas include 'La bohème', 'Tosca' and 'Turandot'

Charles Gounod

Giacomo Puccini

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Which actress and comedienne made her Royal Opera House debut as the Duchesse de Crackentorp in Donizetti’s La Fille di Régiment in January 2007?

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Nikki Blonsky

Dawn French

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Correct!

Whoopi Goldberg

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Which 1859 opera involving an assassination had, for reasons of political sensitivity, to be set in Boston, Massachusetts rather than 18th-century Sweden as originally planned?

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Daniel Auber's 'Gustave III'

Verdi's 'Un Ballo in Maschera'

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Correct! It is based on the play 'Gustave III', by French playwright Eugène Scribe about the assassination of King Gustav III of Sweden

Schumann's 'Genoveva'

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What links the openings of Wagner’s Das Rheingold, Dvořák’s Rusalka and Julia Snapper’s You who will emerge from the flood?

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They all begin under water

They all feature a magic ring

They were all premiered in the same place

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All of the operas begin under water

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'She’s sweet on Wagner. I think she’d die for Beethoven. She loves the way Puccini lays down a tune, and Verdi’s always creeping from her room’. Which British group sang these lyrics in their single Rockaria in 1977?

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Slade

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It was the Electric Light Orchestra

Mr Big

The Electric Light Orchestra

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