What's in a name?

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Which composer was famously nicknamed 'Il Prete Rosso' (The Red Priest)?

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Monteverdi

Vivaldi

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Correct! It was because he had red hair.

Rossini

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What is the actual name of the female character who assumes the alter ego 'Fidelio' in Beethoven's opera?

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Marzelline

Leonore

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Correct! She disguises herself as a prison guard called 'Fidelio' to rescue her husband, Florestan.

Florestan

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Which conductor earned himself the nickname of The Screaming Skull?

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Sir John Barbirolli

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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

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Which leading opera singer was known as La Stupenda?

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Joan Sutherland

Beverly Sills

Maria Callas

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It was Joan Sutherland. She was given the nickname, which means 'The stunning one', by the Italian press

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Which orchestra founder changed his first name on moving to Britain in 1848 to make himself sound less German?

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Charles Hallé

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Correct! He changed his name from Karl Halle

Sir Georg Solti

Sir Thomas Beecham

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Which of Mozart's symphonies is known by the nickname Jupiter?

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39

40

41

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Correct! The symphony was Mozart's last and was written in the summer of 1788

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Which Gilbert and Sullivan opera has the subtitle of 'The Peer and the Peri'?

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The Mikado

Iolanthe

HMS Pinafore

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It's 'Iolanthe'. The comic opera tells the story of a band of fairies who stumble upon the world of the House of Lords

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Which opera singer's name, when translated into English, means 'Laid-back Sunday'?

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Juan Diego Flórez

Rolando Villazón

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It's tenor Plácido Domingo

Plácido Domingo

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Which of Elgar's friends did the composer refer to as 'Nimrod' in his Enigma Variations?

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Augustus J Jaeger

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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

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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…

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Robert Schumann

Richard Wagner

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It's Beethoven. His surname roughly translates as 'from the beet fields'

Ludwig van Beethoven