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Which composer was famously nicknamed 'Il Prete Rosso' (The Red Priest)?
Correct! It was because he had red hair.
What is the actual name of the female character who assumes the alter ego 'Fidelio' in Beethoven's opera?
It's Leonore. She disguises herself as a prison guard called 'Fidelio' to rescue her husband, Florestan.
Which conductor earned himself the nickname of The Screaming Skull?
Sir John Barbirolli
It was Sir Georg Solti. His fiery Hungarian temperament earned him the nickname, though as the critic Michael Scott Rohan wrote in the November 2012 issue of BBC Music Magazine, 'his character definitely mellowed with age'.
Sir Malcolm Sargent
Sir Georg Solti
Which leading opera singer was known as La Stupenda?
It was Joan Sutherland. She was given the nickname, which means 'The stunning one', by the Italian press
Which orchestra founder changed his first name on moving to Britain in 1848 to make himself sound less German?
Correct! He changed his name from Karl Halle
Sir Thomas Beecham
Which of Mozart's symphonies is known by the nickname Jupiter?
It's No. 41. The symphony was Mozart's last and was written in the summer of 1788
Which Gilbert and Sullivan opera has the subtitle of 'The Peer and the Peri'?
Correct! The comic opera tells the story of a band of fairies who stumble upon the world of the House of Lords
Which opera singer's name, when translated into English, means 'Laid-back Sunday'?
Juan Diego Flórez
Which of Elgar's friends did the composer refer to as 'Nimrod' in his Enigma Variations?
Augustus J Jaeger
Correct! He was a music editor with Novello & Co. and Elgar gave him the nickname 'Nimrod' because 'Jaeger' means hunter in German and Nimrod was an Old Testament patriarch described as 'a mighty hunter before the Lord'.
Arthur Troyte Griffith
Richard Penrose Arnold
He may have been one of Germany's great composers, but his name reveals to us that he came from a family of Belgian farmers. And he is…
It's Beethoven. His surname roughly translates as 'from the beet fields'
Ludwig van Beethoven
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