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Question:

Nemorino in Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore gets a little tipsy on what he thinks is a love potion. What does he actually drink?

Response:

Rum

Wine

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Correct! He's drinking wine which he's been sold as a love potion from a visiting quack doctor.

Whiskey

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Which acclaimed German tenor, who died tragically young in 1966, allegedly used to drink a bottle of beer a day 'to help his voice grow'?

Response:

Fritz Wunderlich

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Correct! He was perhaps best known for his performances of Mozart operatic roles

Andreas Dippel

Ludwig Suthaus

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In which 1904 opera is Števa, the father of the eponymous heroine's unborn child, firmly told he may not marry her until he has sobered up for a year?

Response:

Dvořák's 'The Jacobin'

Janáček's 'Katya Kabanová'

Janáček's 'Jenůfa'

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Correct! The opera is based on the play 'Její pastorkyňa' by Gabriela Preissová

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Which composer asked us to show him the way to the next whiskey bar in 1927?

Response:

Kurt Weill

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Correct! The line comes from the 'Alabama Song' which appeared in Weill and Bertolt Brecht's opera 'Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny'

Benjamin Britten

George Gershwin

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Which Russian composer after years of alcoholism, was famously painted looking red-nosed and disheveled by Ilya Repin days before his death in 1881?

Response:

Sergey Rachmaninov

Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov

Modest Musorgsky

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Correct! He was, along with Mily Balakirev, César Cui, Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov and Alexander Borodin, one of the group of Russian composers known as 'The Mighty Handful'

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Which composer did his best to ruin Rachmaninov's First Symphony by turning up drunk to conduct the prmiere (or so reckoned Rachmaninov's wife)?

Response:

Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov

César Cui

Alexander Glazunov

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Correct! He was a pupil of Rimsky-Korsakov

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Question:

Whose piano music was likened by Liszt to 'a draught of that wine of Cyprus that gives a more instinctive rapidity to all our gestures, a keener point to all our words, a more subtle flame to all our emotions…'?

Response:

Chopin (his Polonaise fantasie, Op. 61)

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Correct!

Brahms (his Intermezzos, Op. 117, No. 1)

Beethoven (his 'Moonlight' Piano Sonata, Op. 27, No. 2)

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Which composer, who was eventually prescribed alcohol by his doctor, said 'When I am standing in front of a grand orchestra and have drunk half a bottle of champagne, then I conduct like a young god'?

Response:

Gustav Mahler

Leonard Bernstein

Jean Sibelius

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Correct!

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In which musical drama of 1692 is a drunken poet tormented by being pinched by a group of fairies?

Response:

Purcell's 'The Fairy Queen'

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Correct! He sings 'Fill up the bowl' while the fairies tease him

Handel's 'Ode for St Cecilia's Day'

John Gay's 'The Beggar's Opera'

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Question:

Which of Repighi's Roman Trilogy features a drunken reveller at the end?

Response:

Fountains of Rome

Pines of Rome

Roman Festivals

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Correct!

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